Partisan civility and civic education

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Education is central to creating well-informed citizens capable of participating in social and political life. However, civic education in some liberal democratic societies has often focused on teaching students the mechanics and structure of party politics, overlooking many of the public virtues that help to sustain democratic life. In this article we examine one such virtue, i.e., civility, and its role in party politics. We focus especially on partisan ‘civility as politeness,’ which entails the norms of politeness and etiquette that regulate partisans’ speech and behaviour during electoral campaigns and within legislatures. We analyse partisan civility as politeness and explore its connection with two other dimensions of partisan civility, i.e., ‘moral civility’ and ‘justificatory civility.’ We conclude by developing recommendations on how to advance civility in party politics by creating well-informed citizens and politicians who recognize the importance of civility in democratic life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-66
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Civic education
  • Civility
  • Partisanship
  • Party politics

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