Market Values and Youth Political Engagement in the UK: Towards an Agenda for Exploring the Psychological Impacts of Neo-Liberalism

Allsop, Bradley and Briggs, Jacqueline and Kisby, Ben (2018) Market Values and Youth Political Engagement in the UK: Towards an Agenda for Exploring the Psychological Impacts of Neo-Liberalism. Societies, 8 (4). pp. 1-20. ISSN 2075-4698

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Abstract

This article seeks to develop a preliminary analysis of how neo-liberal thought and policies
have impacted on youth political engagement in the UK, specifically by attempting to understand how
macro-economic and other public policies can influence the individual psychology of citizens and their
subsequent behaviour. The article sets out a clear definition and explanation of neo-liberalism and
summarises six key neo-liberal impacts particularly pertinent to political engagement: marketisation
and the tension this brings with democratic norms; responsibilisation narratives; increased inequality;
the changing character of the state through privatisation and deregulation; the preference among
policy-makers for ‘expert rule’; and repression of labour. It argues that the main psychological effects
that result, and which underpin and define the personal experience of neo-liberal policy, are declines
in political efficacy and increases in individualism, the ramifications of which for political engagement
are discussed.

Additional Information:This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
Keywords:neo-liberalism, austerity, youth politics;, youth engagement, political engagement, political consumerism
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:17 Oct 2018 10:53

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