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Granting 16 and 17 years olds the right to vote is not a panacea for youth engagement in politics, but it is necessary for democracy

Bruter, Michael and Harrison, Sarah (2015) Granting 16 and 17 years olds the right to vote is not a panacea for youth engagement in politics, but it is necessary for democracy. Democratic Audit UK (18 Sep 2015). Website.

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Abstract

The voting age for UK general elections is 18, meaning that 16 and 17 year olds aren’t eligible to vote, despite being adults for the majority of a five year parliament. Research has shown that it would be an effective tool in narrowing the UK’s turnout gap between old and young – the widest in the OECD. Here, Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison share research which shows that a lowered voting age has worked where it has been tried, and that its introduction would force politicians to listen to the views of younger people.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://www.democraticaudit.com
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 09:19
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2019 23:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/81008

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