Global citizen engagement

A large crowd of demonstrators in Peru, some dressed in traditional clothing

Around the world, globalisation, changes in governance and emerging trans-national social movements are creating new spaces and opportunities for citizen engagement. Indeed, some would argue that citizenship itself is being de-linked from territorial boundaries, as power is becoming more multi-layered and multi-scaled, and governance increasingly involves both state and non-state actors, which often are transnational. One of the research programmes of the Citizenship DRC explored the significance of these changes to poor and disenfranchised citizens. In particular, the work explored how of the diffusion of power and governance resulting from globalisation gives rise to new meanings and identities of citizenship and new forms and formations of citizen action.

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