Vol. 7 No. 4-5 (2013)

Civic organizations and citizens-an alternative approach to understanding civic engagement

Published December 30, 2013
György Szabados
University of Debrecen, Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences, Faculty of Applied Economics and Rural Development


Szabados, G. . (2013). Civic organizations and citizens-an alternative approach to understanding civic engagement. Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, 7(4-5), 137–141. https://doi.org/10.19041/APSTRACT/2013/4-5/19

The importance of nonprofit, and inside classic civic sector is usually approached on the basis of figures of the Statistical Office. Based on these, we may assume these to have a slight or intermediate role in the greater economy regarding economic capacity and human resources. Actually, we cannot have a closer look into local conditions and circumstances which would contribute to a better understanding of how civic organizations are connected to citizens. It is difficult to estimate the background, effect, personal movements behind the civic sector; international literature discusses this issue in the framework of civic engagement. In a private examination, I may also contribute to the alternative approach to the importance of the civic organization sector by studying and measuring the complex indicator termed “civic involvement”. Additionally, a small scale pilot examination has revealed a better, more precise description of the connection between citizens and civic organizations, which may also enable the better planning of local municipal interventions.