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Title:Civic-regarding public provisioning
Author:Miruka, Collins Ogutu
Year:2010
Periodical:African Administrative Studies (ISSN 0007-9588)
Issue:74
Pages:121-144
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:public administration
ethics
citizenship
Abstract:This paper analyses the concept of civic virtue based on field findings from a study conducted in Kenya regarding the impact of social capital on public provisioning. The central hypothesis of the study is that more work needs to be done by all public affairs stakeholders in Kenya to engender and enforce a concerted campaign to raise civic awareness in society. The concept of citizenry in Africa as the embodiment of civic virtue is a very narrow conception. In this study, civic virtue refers to a collection of qualities and attitudes held by the citizenry in relation to the State and public service delivery. Patriotism, tolerance and public spiritedness are examples of such virtues that go a long way in enhancing the legitimacy of the State. The author argues that there are insufficient levels of civic virtue amongst ordinary citizens to enable the efficient operation of public institutions. A massive campaign of civic education is called for to enable both the providers of public services and the community of users to derive optimal benefits from engaging with public institutions. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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