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Social Policy Review 20Analysis and debate in social policy, 2008$
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Tony Maltby, Patricia Kennett, and Kirstein Rummery

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420763

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420763.001.0001

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The role of confidence and identity in civic participation: exploring ethnic group differences

The role of confidence and identity in civic participation: exploring ethnic group differences

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(p.133) Seven The role of confidence and identity in civic participation: exploring ethnic group differences
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Social Policy Review 20
Author(s):

Nahid Ahmad

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420763.003.0008

This chapter is based on the findings from national research commissioned by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), which aimed to examine the differences between ethnic groups in terms of levels of non-political civic participations, and the motivations and barriers to civic participation. Although it is recognised that civic participation has the potential to promote and encourage self-confidence, this chapter discusses the importance of self-confidence in enabling and motivating people from ethnic minorities to take advantage of civic participation opportunities. The chapter recommends that policies to encourage participation and inclusion should progress beyond information access. They should instead include active consultation with communities and community leaders, and recognition of the importance and potential of political identity and confidence in enhancing civic participation amongst ethnic minorities.

Keywords:   Commission for Racial Equality, ethnic groups, non-political civic participations, civic participation, self-confidence, participation, inclusion, active consultation

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