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"Civic engagement is the informed participation of citizens in their communities to identify public issues and effect change through both political and nonpolitical processes. Change is constructive and targeted toward what is agreed to be the common good. The involvement of individuals and groups in their own governance allows them a say in the allocation of resources and the management of the institutions that affect their lives, often linking government and civil society. Though it is a broad topic that encompasses a wide variety of work, the overarching purpose of civic engagement is community improvement through active social responsibility."
Excerpted from Kehley Coviello. “Civic Engagement.” Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2020. EBSCOhost, http://fscproxy.framingham.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=90558262&site=eds-live