Active Citizenship: What Could it Achieve and How?

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Bernard Crick, Andrew Lockyer
Edinburgh University Press, 2010 - Political Science - 202 pages
In recent years there has been much political talk and academic debate on the subject of active citizenship, to which Bernard Crick's work has been central. His 'mission statement' (repeated here) is to induce 'no less than a change in political culture', to replace passive democracy, grounded on unsocial individualism and consumer values, with the republican ideal of 'active citizens, willing, able and equipped to have an influence on public life...'.Here a group of political actors and academics, who believe a radically more active citizenship is a worthy aim, are invited to spell out in their particular area of concern, the obstacles and how they might be overcome, either by institutional innovation or changes in culture, and what be the benefits for democracy in the UK. Bernard Crick's first and final essays set the tone, respectively, on Civic Republicanism Today and Political Identity. Other contributors consider active citizenship in relation to: Labour Government Policy (David Blunkett and Matthew Taylor); Scottish Devolution (George Reid); Public Services (David Donnison); Gender Equality (Rhona Fitzgerald); Schools (Pamela Munn); Multiculturalism (Dina Kiwan); Integrating Immigrants (Elizabeth Meehan); Lifelong Learning (John Annette); Europe and International Understanding (Derek Heater); Young People (Andrew Lockyer) and Scottish Independence (Kevin Francis).

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About the author (2010)

The late Sir Bernard Crick (died 19 Dec 2008) was Emeritus Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College; Honorary Fellow in Politics, University of Edinburgh. He taught politics at Harvard, McGill, Berkeley, LSE, was the Professor of Politics at Sheffield and Birkbeck. He was former adviser on citizenship education to the DfES and on citizenship and integration for the Home Office. He published widely on politics and literature, was an international adviser and media commentator

Andrew Lockyer is the St Kentigen Professor of Citizenship and Social Theory in the Department of Politics at Glasgow University where he has taught since 1970. He has researched and published in the history of political thought, social and legal theory, juvenile justice and citizenship. He has served as a children's panel office bearer and advised government, professional agencies and volunteers on children's issue.

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