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Meaningful youth political participation in Europe: concepts, patterns and policy implications - Research study (2021)



Young people's political participation has many diverse forms - it can be conventional and unconventional, including activities such as voting, being¬†members of political parties, serving on a local youth council, engaging through a¬†youth organisation or taking part in online political activism, boycotts or a protest¬†movement. Contemporary engagement of young people in political processes¬†is taking place within the context of a shrinking space for civil society, rapid¬†digitalisation, advancement of populist ideologies, increased inequalities, a rise¬†of global youth movements and a health pandemic.The study ‚ÄúMeaningful youth political participation in Europe: concepts, patterns¬†and policy implications‚ÄĚ examines young people‚Äôs participation within this¬†changing context, by reflecting on the key concepts of political participation,¬†types of democratic environments within which young people engage with the¬†system and various mechanisms of participation.Both conventional and unconventional types of participation are covered in this¬†study. Avenues for conventional participation are explored through a reflection¬†on the idea of political socialisation and learning democratic values through¬†participation and non-formal learning. It follows with the presentation of concepts,¬†examples, opportunities and challenges related to unconventional participation,¬†and in particular the examination of inequality and exclusion. The study concludes¬†with the reflections on the latest developments and future trends for youth¬†political participation, with a focus on the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and¬†recommendations for facilitating young people‚Äôs political participation.



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