Extending Democracy To Young People: Is It Time For Youth Suffrage?

Shukra, Kalbir. 2017. Extending Democracy To Young People: Is It Time For Youth Suffrage? Youth and Policy(116), pp. 62-78. ISSN 0262-9798 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Across Europe, there has been a growing interest in lowering the voting age to 16. Campaigners have met with some success in Scotland, Norway and Austria, but the age of franchise in England remains 18. Arguments on each side of the lobby are hampered by a lack of empirical data from real examples. This has left commentators relying on supposition and the voting patterns of the slightly older 18-24 year old group. This paper addresses that evidence gap with election data from London Borough of Lewisham youth elections, gathered as part of a wider evaluation of the Young Mayor Programme. This evidence, set alongside experiences in Scotland, Norway and Austria, brings a new perspective and points to the need for a further, more open review of voting age.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

youth participation; citizenship; equality; elections; votes at 16.

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)

Dates:

DateEvent
4 August 2016Accepted
1 June 2017Published

Item ID:

20166

Date Deposited:

07 Apr 2017 10:30

Last Modified:

16 May 2019 13:13

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20166

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