• Johannes Bergh
  • Jan EichhornEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics book series (PSYPP)


This introductory chapter outlines the rationale for the book. This is the first volume that brings together empirical research from many countries that have lowered the voting age and embeds these case studies in discussions of theoretical and conceptual questions surrounding earlier enfranchisement. The chapter reviews the key contestations around the issue and discusses the arguments put forward by proponents and opponents of allowing 16-year olds to vote. Taking into account analytical implications from this review, it then describes the structure of the book and provides an overview of the contributions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Social ResearchOsloNorway
  2. 2.Social Policy, University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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