Exploring civic engagement dynamics during emergencies: an empirical study into key drivers

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This article investigates the importance of civic engagement during emergencies. We consider various individual-level factors such as trust, risk cognition, fears about the emergency and cost–benefit analyses of engagement as factors that motivate citizens to become engaged. We argue that governments should recognise the value of community initiatives and civic engagement in coping with emergencies. Our empirical investigation uses data collected in Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results demonstrate that trust in government and interpersonal trust may influence citizens’ perceptions of engagement during emergencies but have no effect on engagement behaviour. However, risk cognition and cost–benefit analyses are better predictors of future engagement intentions during emergencies. These insights may improve our understanding of community resilience and the ability of individuals to bounce back after emergencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)718-740
Number of pages23
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023

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© Policy Press 2023


  • COVID-19
  • Israel
  • civic engagement
  • crises
  • crisis management
  • disasters
  • emergency engagement
  • resilience
  • risk analysis
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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