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Supporting Effective Citizenship in Local Government: Engaging, Educating and Empowering Local Citizens

Andrews, Rhys William ORCID:, Cowell, Richard John Westley ORCID:, Downe, James Daniel ORCID:, Martin, Stephen James ORCID: and Turner, David 2008. Supporting Effective Citizenship in Local Government: Engaging, Educating and Empowering Local Citizens. Local Government Studies 34 (4) , pp. 489-507. 10.1080/03003930802217462

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Civic-republican theories suggest that an active citizenry is associated with community cohesion, better political institutions and inclusive democratic decision making. The influence of these arguments on the UK Labour government has led policy makers to focus attention on strategies to promote citizenship at a local level. In particular, English local authorities are expected to provide ‘support for citizenship’ as part of their wider duty to promote ‘effective community engagement’. The ways in which they can do this are various, ranging from the simple provision of information to direct support for community networks and groups. This article reports the findings of an extensive study of English councils' efforts to engage, educate and empower local citizens. The paper concludes that although local authorities have made significant progress in recent years in widening the structures for communicating with, and engaging citizens, there remains considerable scope for improving activities that address the learning implications of effective citizenship.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizenship, community engagement, local government, England
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 03003930
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:36

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