What Is Civic Responsibility?

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Civic responsibility is the responsibility of citizens in a society to exhibit certain attitudes and actions related to participation in society and democratic governance. Civic responsibility is associated with involvement in church and government and memberships with voluntary associations. Actions and attitudes relating to civic responsibility are displayed through political, civil, environmental and economic advocacy.

Civic responsibility is important to the effectiveness of philanthropy and democracy. For example, in the United States, participating in civic responsibility guarantees that citizens maintain the democratic values presented in the Bill of Rights of the U. S. Constitution. These specific values include freedom, justice, equality, due process, diversity, tolerance, authority and privacy. The goal of civic responsibility is to create social participants and develop responsible citizens within the community and government.

Civic responsibility requires supporting the community, civic action, setting a positive example and adopting beneficial values. Supporting the community is accomplished by providing opportunities for human and financial resources. Civic action encourages citizens to engage in duties within the political system, such as voting. Adopting beneficial values requires accepting and utilizing values that benefit society instead of the individual. Setting a good example involves acting in an ethical manner in regard to society’s guidelines, laws and rules.