Academic journal article Canadian Social Science

Outline of Citizen Education and Public Finance

Academic journal article Canadian Social Science

Outline of Citizen Education and Public Finance

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Objective: To investigate the relationships of constitution, citizen education and public finance in China. Content: Citizen Education is one of the citizen basic rights in Constitution. It is also a guarantee for the realization of other basic rights. Qualified citizen is needed based on the regulation of citizen rights according to citizen education. However the realization of the power is restricted by finance, thus it is in need of financial

Significance: The realization ot citizen ot citizen rights in constitution is based on legitimately exercising rights. Lacking of the public financial support as a foundation, it is impossible to achieve a balanced citizen education input, which would finally influence the rights enforcement in constitution.

Key words: Citizen education; Public finance


In 2007, Chinese Communist Party's congress government report emphasized on "citizen consciousness education", which is the reflection of coordination of Chinese citizen education and democratic legislation. The slogan "To enhance citizen consciousness education, and to establish socialistic democratic legal, freedom, equality, equity and justice concept" is not only a milestone in consciousness, but also has theoretical and practical significance.


Citizen education is the process of cultivate qualified citizen through the process of cultivate citizen knowledge, Active and passive, as well as positive and negative cognition processes are all mvolved. Different educational targets are set at various levels, and qualified citizen is the requirement at constitutional level. In other word, to cultivate qualified citizen though citizen education, In constitutional relationship, we need to cultivate constitutional-qualified citizen who can exercise citizen right in constitution though citizen education.

1.1 Cultivate the Concept of People's Sovereignty

As reflected in the constitution, the state and the citizen are the principal parts of constitutional relationship, All democracy countries come straight to emphasize the idea of people's sovereignty. All the rights of state belong to its people. It is the people's representative orgsn that represents PeoPle to exercise the state rights. The idea of people ÍS actually a collection of citizen. In a state, citizens play a dominate role in the political life. Citizens make national decision, rather than the state over citizens, which is the key point to make a distinction between citizens and subjects. Citizens' exercise of sovereignty is mainly realized through the way elect and to be elected, making their own will rise and control the national political life. Subjects move toward citizens and citizens move toward intelligent people, referring to the intelligent citizens that know how to use constitutional rights.

1.2 Cultivate the Concept of Supervision and Constitution Demands

Public power and civic right coexist in the right dimension of constitution. The realization of civic rights is the first place in terms of the purposes of modem states existence and the objects of constitutional protection. In case of imbalance or confrontation of public power and civic right, litigation is the legitimate and lawful way when citizens choose relief rights (Patrinos, 2002). When citizens are less aware of legitimate rights relief, they may sometimes choose violence or other abnormal means, which will shake the foundation of the constitutionregulated social relation and make the society develop irrationally. So it is sure for constitution to include the imbalance or confrontation in the structure specification. Hence, it would be of great practical significance to strengthen the cultivation of legitimacy and validity of the consciousness of citizen constitutional demands.

1.3 Cultivate the Consciousness of Participation

Besides interpreting the state belonging, the constitution also regulates the mechanism in which citizens participate in the specific national affairs. …

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