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New Country Study Available!

27/09/2011

One of the essential elements in a democratic society is the concept of Civic Responsibility – the fact that, as citizens of a democratic society, people not only have rights, but also responsibilities. The theory of  “Active citizenship” says that citizens should work towards the betterment of their community through economic participation, public, volunteer work, and other such efforts to improve life for all citizens.

Civic responsibility can include participation in government, church, volunteers and memberships of voluntary associations. Actions of civic responsibility can be displayed in advocacy for various causes, such as political, economic, civil, environmental or quality of life issues. Although Civic Responsibility has existed for centuries in society, it was officially sanctioned as a blueprint for democracy in 1787 by the ratification of the United States Constitution.

By engaging in civic responsibility, citizens ensure and uphold certain democratic values, including  justice, freedom, equality, diversity, authority, privacy, due process, property, participation, truth, patriotism, human rights, rule of law, tolerance, mutual assistance, self restraint and self respect.

The Kirovograd Oblast Library Named After Chizhevsky is pleased to offer our newest country study, called “Elements of Democracy – Civic Responsibility“. It is the third in our Democracy series – the first being What is Democracy and the second Elements of Democracy – Rule of Law.

 

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