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Active citizenship and austerity: A Dutch–French comparison of policy, civil society and education

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While several analyses sustain that the declining support for democracy is related to ‘the very fact that external actors were imposing policies from outside’, this article comparing policy, civil society and education in France and the Netherlands emphasizes the role of national tradition in the ways this outside pressure is translated in the national context, and the ways the political effects are expressed. Before trying to assess the effects of the economic crisis on the policies and practices of active citizenship and showing differences between France and the Netherlands, the article sketches more precisely the main features and recent events of Dutch and French political life to understand the context and meaning of active citizenship and citizenship education in both countries.
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Keywords: austerity; citizenship; citizenship education; civil society; democracy; political system

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers 2: University of Humanistic Studies

Publication date: September 1, 2016

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