Analytical report on the results of the Public Opinion Foundation’s research projects at 2012-2013.
The article concerns interpretations of the term «civic engagement», operationalization of civic engagement phenomenon.
Objective To define indicators of civic engagement. The article consists of three parts. Firstly an interpretations of the term, secondly indicators of civic engagement and finally the characteristics and features of civil engagement in Russia. Methods of research
Public Opinion Foundation interviews for citizens of the Russian Federation aged 18 and over. These took place in person at the interviewees’ place of residence. Results
Foreign and Russian researchers have observed that civic engagement is a complex concept with no universal meaning. Researchers emphasise that behavioral practices and ideological preferences (such as social and interpersonal trust and willingness to cooperate) are significant components of civic engagement. The empirical section of the study indicated that Russians show a tendency to be involved in individual informal aspects of civic engagement (i.e., helping behavior). Participation levels in the activities of not for profit organisations and interest in politics appeared insubstantial. In short, dissociation between the citizens and the state was revealed in the sphere of civic engagement.
The results may prove a useful framework in the analysis of empirical social and political surveys.