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Comparative trends in political participation in the West draw a pessimistic picture: younger generations tend to avoid formal politics, opting instead for radical forms of political engagement or opting out altogether from the political process. This trend poses an obvious threat to the core democratic idea of popular control of government. One remedy for this problem, proposed in recent years, has been the creation of youth parliaments. This article explores features of youth parliaments and their impacts in the EU. Among considerable variety and comparative discussion of a myriad of measures, we find that youth parliaments fulfil a range of functions from political education, skills acquisition to political engagement, participation and even policy impact.
- youth parliaments
- European Union
- European Parliament
Presented findings of research on comparative youth parliaments and on the impact of the Scottish Youth Parliament on its former members, CR1, Scottish Parliament
Mark Peter Shephard (Speaker)27 Jun 2012
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk