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Engaged Cynics? Young People’s Involvement in Politics and Decision-making in the UK

  • Eldin Fahmy

Abstract

Since the early 1990s the apparent disconnection of young people from conventional politics in the UK has become a subject of intense debate amongst policy-makers, academics and media commentators. Evidence of low levels of political interest, knowledge and conventional political engagement amongst young people has been well-documented in recent years (see for example, Molloy et al., 2002; Electoral Commission, 2002a; Kimberlee, 2002; Harrison and Deicke, 2000; White and Bruce, 2000; Bentley and Oakley, 1999; Wring et al., 1998; Wilkinson and Mulgan, 1995; Bhavnani, 1994; Banks et al., 1992). In particular, young people’s electoral non-participation has often been viewed as symptomatic of a deeper political disconnection, fuelling concerns about the emergence of an apolitical, socially disengaged generation. This chapter examines these claims by drawing upon existing empirical research and recent qualitative interviews with 39 young people aged 15–19 in the south-west of England. In view of these and other findings this chapter assesses the policy

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Young People Political Participation Citizenship Education Political Engagement Political Knowledge 
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