Being Less Active and Outnumbered?

The Political Participation and Relative Pressure Potential of Young People in Europe
  • Achim GoerresEmail author
Conference paper


“I am afraid to say that we are currently witnessing the early signs of a pensioners’ democracy. Older people are becoming more numerous, and all political parties pay extraordinary attention to them. This development could end in a situation in which older people would plunder the young.”

Roman Herzog, ex-judge at the Federal Constitutional Court (1983–1994) and ex-president of Germany (1994–1999), on the announcement of the German government in April 2008 to raise public pensions by 1.1% and to deviate thereby from the pension formula (Blome et al. 2008)


Young People Trade Union Political Participation Pressure Potential Public Pension 
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For detailed comments, I would like to thank Aaron Boesenecker, Frank Nullmeier, Armin Schäfer and Pieter Vanhuysse and two anonymous referees.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CologneKölnGermany

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