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Civic Capacity: Theory, Research and Practice

Craig W. Shinn
Administrative Theory & Praxis
Vol. 21, No. 1 (Mar., 1999), pp. 103-119
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25611331
Page Count: 17
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Civic Capacity: Theory, Research and Practice
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Abstract

This paper reviews the symposium as a first reporting of a collective research effort in Civic Capacity. Civic capacity includes social capital but extends the domain to the social requirements for successful democratic governance. Research topics include the relationship of the individual and the community; the nature of civic capacity and its relationship to concepts of social capital, trust, and civic engagement; and the relationship between civic capacity and democratic governance. As is common in public administration, the authors in the symposium use different approaches for integrating what is known about civic capacity. This paper develops theory building, the social science research process and reflective practice as distinct conceptual approaches and reviews the symposium papers on that basis in an analysis section. In a discussion section, the set is reviewed for contributions to theory, research and practice.

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