a basic sense of citizen efficacy

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Lee Jongho

Senior Member
What does "a basic sense of citizen efficacy" mean?

The complete sentence follows:
Today’s democracies suffer from two mutually reinforcing ills: a decline in their problem-solving capacities and a growing disconnect between the people and political elites. In communities harmed by loss of industry, jobs, and population, people often struggle to maintain a basic sense of citizen efficacy.

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Reconstructing Democracy
  • S1m0n

    Senior Member
    The feeling that citizens can change anything; that their efforts are 'effective'. It's saying that the citizens feel powerless.
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