Political Participation and Political Citizenship

“This chapter discusses the various definitions of political participation and political citizenship, as they encompass many activities used by citizens to influence the selection of political leaders or the policies they pursue. It also highlights the importance of political participation and citizenship, and how participation extends beyond parties and citizens’ involvement in certain aspects of the electoral process through independent action. The chapter affirms that more people participate in politics by voting than by any other means. Yet there are many other ways of taking part in politics, which involve varying amounts of skill, time and resources. It concludes that if the issue of citizenship is not tackled, the ethnic crisis will continue unabated. As one cannot accomplish a task at a distance, there is a great need to get involved, as citizens’ participation is paramount in influencing governmental policies….”

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