Civility And Resilient Governance Summary

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Article Review
On Civility and Resilient Governance. Matthew S. Mingus and Catherine M. Horiuchi. Public Administration Quarterly, spring 2012, pp. 119-129.

Matthew S. Mingus and Catherine M. Horiuchi’s article, On Civility and Resilient Governance, has given examples of incivility, especially that experienced or practiced by public servants and its negative effects on the society, their causal factors, and how this trend can be reversed. Per the article, therefore, it takes a civility-conscious government to produce a resilient government.
Resilience is the ability of a person or system to recover from a difficulty or crisis. Civility is the politeness in behavior or speech that a person exhibits or government inculcates and promotes in
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And civility is the politeness in behavior or speech that a person exhibits or government inculcates and promotes in the public sphere. Based on the definitions, for civility and resilient governance to be found in the public space, it is incumbent on the family, community and government institutions to promote these values.
However, my take is that families have a greater role to play in this. This is so, as families make communities and the society from which government draws its workforce. And the workforce represents families and the values that have been inculcated in them.
Therefore, if the government wants to attain civilized and resilient governance, the first point of call is strengthening families and core family values that promote civility. The government must support families economically and socially for them to succeed. For example, a parent who is struggling economically would not have the time to educate his/her children on civic values.
In summary, I have reviewed the examples of incivility, especially those experienced or practiced by public servants and their negative effects on the society, their causal factors, and how this trend can be

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