THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT
Authors: Armine HOVHANNISYAN, Valentina BODRUG-LUNGU
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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 wil¬lingness to engage actively, but also the skills necessary to participate, to correlate the rights with the respective res¬ponsibilities.