What Is Civic Engagement?

My previous post on micro-participation included a definition of civic engagement that I hadn’t referenced before.

According to Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, civic engagement can be defined as:

Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.

I have not been able to pinpoint where it first appeared, but according to last year’s PACE white paper, An Evolving Relationship: Executive Branch Approaches to Civic Engagement and Philanthropy (download PDF, 1.4MB), “[t]his definition, and various versions of it, has become a useful standard.”

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