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Youth participation in democratic life: stories of hope and disillusion

Cammaerts, Bart and Bruter, Michael and Banaji, Shakuntala and Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, Nick (2016) Youth participation in democratic life: stories of hope and disillusion. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire. ISBN 9781137540201

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Identification Number: 10.1057/9781137540218

Abstract

This book analyses and assesses the contexts, nature and the diversity of young people's participation in European democratic life. The authors provide an interdisciplinary conceptual framework addressing participation, power, democracy, efficacy and media. Using dynamic, original data collected in surveys, focus groups, interviews and a field experiment, Youth Participation in Democratic Life address young people's attitudes towards voting, participation and representation in policy processes and politicians. Democracy is, however, much more than voting, so volunteering and contentious politics are also elaborated upon. Examining the role of traditional and new media in facilitating youth participation in democratic life, as well as the complex dynamics of youth exclusion from economic, educational and social spheres, the book reveals that most young people are far from apathetic about democracy but rather they are critical of current representative democratic systems and the political elites who appear to run these.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.palgrave.com/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 12:48
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 09:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64370

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