THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

Armine HOVHANNISYAN, Valentina BODRUG-LUNGU

Abstract


In this article, we explore several ideas focusing on civic engagement. It is emphasized that today we are living in a period of major transformations in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which puts people, activities and institutions to the test. According to the theories of representative democracy and participatory democracy, participation is associated with the understanding of democracy and the relationship between citizens and the state. At the same time, the term civic engagement includes several meanings such as participation, involvement, cooperation, responsibility, commitment etc. We conclude that civic engagement can manifest itself in various forms - individual volunteering, community involvement efforts, organizational involvement, which can include the direct approach to a problem through personal work, community activity or involvement in the work of representative democracy institutions. Civic engagement implies not only the wil­lingness to engage actively, but also the skills necessary to participate, to correlate the rights with the respective res­ponsibilities.

 

ASPECTE TEORETICE ALE ANGAJAMENTULUI CIVIC

În prezentul articol sunt valorificate un șir de idei ce vizează angajamentul civic. Se subliniază faptul că azi trăim într-o perioadă a unor transformări majore în contextul pandemiei COVID-19, prin care se pun la proba încercării oamenii, acti­vi­tățile, instituțiile. Potrivit teoriilor democrației reprezentative și ale democrației participative, participarea este asociată cu înțelegerea democrației și a relației dintre cetățeni și stat. Totodată, însăși noțiunea de angajament civic include mai multe sensuri, precum: participare, implicare, cooperare, responsabilitate ș.a. Constatăm că angajamentul civic se poate manifesta prin diverse forme – de la voluntariat individual, eforturi de implicare comunitară, implicare organizațională, care pot include abordarea directă a unei probleme prin munca personală, activitatea comunitară sau prin implicarea în activitatea instituțiilor democrației reprezentative. Angajamentul civic vizează nu doar dorința de a se angaja activ, dar și capacitățile necesare pentru a participa, a corela drepturile cu responsabilitățile respective.


Keywords


civic engagement, participation, democracy, rights, responsibility, volunteering.

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