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Youth participation in EuropeBeyond discourses, practices and realities$
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Patricia Loncle, Gerrit Jackson, and Virginie Muniglia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300182

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.001.0001

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Participation and individualisation: the emergence of a new (political) consciousness?

Participation and individualisation: the emergence of a new (political) consciousness?

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Youth participation in Europe

Reingard Spannring

Policy Press

This chapter looks at young people's attitudes towards politics and political participation in Europe stressing the high level of frustration with the way democracies function. It considers a range of conditions such as globalisation, economisation, de-traditionalisation, individualisation and post-materialism that may contribute to this situation. It further suggests that different world views, i.e. epistemologies, lead to differing expectations towards democratic processes and participatory settings not only between groups of citizens but also between the existing political culture and large groups of young people. This contradiction gives rise to political dissatisfaction, criticism and a pressure for reform.

Keywords:   Democracy, political participation, attitudes, young people, Europe

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