Civic Education: Laying the Groundwork for Democracy

Civic Education: Laying the Groundwork for Democracy. Center for Strategic and International Studies. Daniel F. Runde and Erin Nealer. November 1, 2016

Civic education—through which citizens learn how their country’s government works and how they can participate—manifests itself in many ways around the world and plays a key role in emerging democracies. Programs that foster civic education include voter education, neighborhood conflict-solving initiatives, and participation in city hall or local government institutions. The relationship between an informed, active citizenry and an accountable, transparent government is clear; civic education in schools and beyond teaches citizens how to vote, what their community needs are and what values it holds, and what the social compact between elected officials and their constituents means in practical terms. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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