What is civic capacity?
Civic capacity consists of the personal and interpersonal resources that people require in order to perform their role as responsible members of a self-governing society. Developed civic capacity is characterized by acquired abilities (e.g., empathy), skills (e.g., deliberating with others, setting priorities, making sound judgments), values (e.g., a commitment to inclusiveness, mutual respect, etc.), beliefs (e.g., the recognition that politics, understood as collective choice, is an inescapable feature of social life), attitudes (e.g., tolerance of ambiguity and acceptance of disagreement), and dispositions (e.g., the readiness to cooperate and the willingness to learn from others).
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