Policies of Crises in the European Union Youth Field: How a Political Agenda Shapes the Concept of Youth

  • Andreas HeinenEmail author
  • Jean Philippe Décieux
  • Helmut Willems
  • Elke Murdock
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 20)


The article investigates the political discourse on youth in the aftermath of the economic crisis. Based on the EU Youth Strategy, the article analyses how the concept of youth is shaped by political discourse and agenda setting. The authors show that the EU Youth Strategy is highly focussed on activating young people as entrepreneurs who are supposed to become active and productive members of society. They argue that the Strategy represents specific meanings about young people and thus reframes the concept of youth as an “entrepreneurial self”.


Children Youth Crises Entrepreneurial self Policies European Union Strategies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Heinen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean Philippe Décieux
    • 2
  • Helmut Willems
    • 1
  • Elke Murdock
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for the Research on Generations and Family (IGEFA)University of LuxembourgEsch-sur-AlzetteLuxembourg
  2. 2.Chair for Empirical Analysis of Social StructureUniversity of Duisburg-EssenDuisburg-EssenGermany

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