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From homo civicus to homo politicus: civil society, civic education and democratic governance in Fiji. Case study: the UNDP-Fiji parliament civic education initiative

Ratuva, Sitiveni (2004) From homo civicus to homo politicus: civil society, civic education and democratic governance in Fiji. Case study: the UNDP-Fiji parliament civic education initiative. Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji, 2 (2). pp. 171-190. ISSN 1728-7456

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the complex interrelationship between civic education and democratic governance and the potential role of civil society in this process. It focuses on an ongoing civic education project by the UNDP and Fiji Parliament as a case study. The paper does not attempt to be comprehensive, but seeks instead to raise some important issues which may need further discussion in light of Fiji's recent turbulent history. The paper offers a broad definition of civic education and its role in the transformational process from homo civicus to homo politicus and the role of civil society in this regard. Secondly, it examines the link between civic education and democratization of political culture. Thirdly, it looks at the UNDP-Fiji Parliament civic education initiative as a case study of cooperation between the state and civil society in creating an atmosphere of 'good' and appropriate governance. The paper concludes that, in order to be effective, civic education must be a sustainable and culturally embedded process.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2004 19:00
Last Modified: 08 May 2012 18:12
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/3075
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