Political engagement is significant for every politician vying for any political seat. The involvement ranges from people attending campaign events, voting, contributing money, among others. However, you cannot quite determine the political behavior of people from one single political engagement, say, attending a public rally. The trick is to keep the engagement rising every day. To increase civic participation, here are some of the things you can do:
Understanding what works, and what doesn’t
The entire art of politics should be based on understanding the needs of the public, figuring out a strategy that will work, uniquely from what hasn’t been working for a long time. If people do not like to be pushed too much, and that is all the strategy you have going in your campaign, then they will not be willing to be active participants. As a rule of thumb, before encouraging any participation. Be sure that your strategies are specific to the needs of the people, and what affects their lives on a day-to-day basis.
It could be that people are reluctant to participate in a political agenda because they cannot relate to the politicians in question. The idea is that the more people can have face-to-face contact, the better their perceptions, even for likeness. This will also foster decision making and political engagement.
Small group participation
When it comes to encouraging engagement in any affair, working with small groups is way better than dealing with one large crowd. In small groups, it becomes a lot easier to communicate with people, boost their knowledge level, and by far, attain satisfaction with the results of the meetings. Such forums go a long way in personalizing the entire political affair and winning from the grassroots up. In the same way, make sure you are indulging in sizeable projects because as it is, people will participate less if the project in question is gigantic, more than when it is scalable and a lot easier to achieve.
Technology has by far and wide made everything easier. It is why when you use it in your political errands; the public should understand what the technology you are using entails. They should learn how to increase VPN speed easily to access information that has been barred due to legal or geographical constraints.
Hierarchical structures tend to limit the engagement of people in any political affair, as opposed to a horizontal communication flow. However, given that political parties live off of temporary participation, the presence of accountability for all forms of communication should still be outstanding.
Giving power to the people, or letting them get it by themselves, is one other way to get all the public geared up for a political matter. When people feel like their participation is not limited prominently, they are more likely to engage in the affair than not. Ideally, this technique is about giving out power on a small scale, by empowering the people to take on more active roles in society.