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Engaging Youth in Politics: Debating Democracy's Future


This collection of essays describes the changing patterns of youth political participation and what reforms might stimulate greater youth participation.

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This collection of essays describes the changing patterns of youth political participation and what reforms might stimulate greater youth participation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617700149
  • Publisher: Central European University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Debates over Youth Participation 1

Part 1 Are Youth the Problem or the Solution? 15

To Not Fade Away: Restoring Civil Identity among the Young William Damon 16

The Youth Challenge: Participating in Democracy Alison Byrne Fields 37

Will Youth Rejuvenate the Patterns of Political Participation? Siyka Kovacheva 49

Part 2 The Decline in Electoral Participation 67

Electoral Turnout: The New Generation Gap Martin P. Wattenberg 68

Youth Turnout in Europe Eva Anduiza 83

The Young Vote: Engaging America's Youth in the 2008 Elections and Beyond Call Carlin 96

Part 3 Participation beyond Elections 111

Youth and Participation Beyond Elections Russell J. Dalton 112

Millennials Are Involved Locally with Others but Are Ambivalent about Formal Politics Abby Kiesa Alexander P. Orlowski Peter Levine Deborah Both Emily Hoban Kirby Mark Hugo Lopez Karlo Barrios Marcelo 132

The Internet and Youth Political Participation Mark E. Kann Jeff Berry Connor Gant Phil Zager 148

The Market as an Arena for Transnational Politics Michele Micheletti Dietlind Stolle 161

Part 4 Inequality among Youth 171

Youth at Risk for Non-participation James G. Gimpel J. Celeste Lay 172

Civic Engagement and the Disadvantaged: Challenges, Opportunities and Recommendations James B. Hyman Peter Levine 182

Gender and Civic Engagement: Secondary Analysis of Survey Data Krista Jenkins 201

Part 5 Reforms to Increase Youth Activism 221

Building a Better Citizen David Villano 222

Civic Learning in School Peter Levine 232

Youth Civic Engagement in Canada: Implications for Public Policy Dietlind Stolle Cesi Cruz 253

Appendix: The UK Youth Parliament Manifesto 275

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