TOWARD MEANINGFUL CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: A CASE STUDY OF CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION IN LEGISLATIVE REFORM

Karen Allan, Chris Forrester, Leila Pate

Abstract


Civic engagement, with its focus on involving citizens and civil society organizations in the
development of policy and legislation to address matters of public concern, is one vehicle to
promote active citizenship and more responsive legislation. In this respect governments
consciously seek the views of citizens and social groups and have a genuine interest in
achieving outcomes that incorporate their perspectives. Examples of civic engagement are:
participation in elections, public policy/legislative processes, public consultations, advocacy,
and participation in local community-level decision-making structures.

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