Danielle Allen on Civic Agency in a Digital Age

Profesor Danielle Allen speaks of three types of civic agent: engaged citizens, activists, and politicians. All three are essential to democratic practice, but frequently (though not always) vary considerably in the goals they pursue, tpyes of aciton they take, and strateiges of participation they deploy in seeking voice and influence. Professor Allen argues that the Ten Questions for Change Makers can serve as a tool for reflection before action, by which young people can comtemplate possible consequences of their action. This process can help young people develop into more equitable, efficacious, and self-protective civic actors themselves, whatever the type. See more at "What Makes Democracy Work?: Citizens and Civic Participation."

Why do we care that governments should rest on the consent of each and every one of us? Being human involves seeking to control one’s life. Achieving that requires having a role in politics because political decisions have such a big impact on our life. The idea of human rights captures the notion that every human being ought to have a chance to control his or her own life, including through political participation.   –– Danielle S. Allen

 

Danielle Allen on the Ten Questions (Short Version)

Danielle Allen on the Ten Questions (7' 38'')