6.6.1 Individual Participation in Politics

Everyone can participate in politics, which in the terminology of this book means that they can affect the way in which their society is governed.  People have more scope in a democracy, but they can be active in any political system.  Their moral values influence their participation in politics (4.3.4), affecting their personal preferences in political ideology and approaches (6.2.1), and determining which politicians and policies they support.

They can participate in several ways, as described in the following sub-sections:

●  They can be politically active by influencing politicians, either directly as individuals or by joining groups (

●  They will influence their fellow citizens in personal interactions, by making their views known and thereby encouraging others to follow them (

●  By using Internet social media they can influence other people anywhere in the world, at any level of subsidiarity (



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