Voice, Equality and Education: The Role of Higher Education in Defining the Political Participation of Young Europeans

Sloam, James, Kisby, Ben, Henn, Matt and Oldfield, Ben (2021) Voice, Equality and Education: The Role of Higher Education in Defining the Political Participation of Young Europeans. Comparative European Politics . ISSN 1472-4790

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Abstract

Much attention has been paid by academics and policy-makers in recent decades to declining levels of voter turnout and engagement with traditional political and social institutions in established democracies. These trends are particularly marked amongst young people. Drawing on data from the European Social Survey, this article examines the role of higher education (HE) both as a source of unequal participation and as a means of fostering civic and political engagement amongst young Europeans. It uncovers two significant new findings. First, that being in education matters more than an individual’s level of educational attainment for levels of civic and political participation, and second, that HE establishments play a key role as social levellers: being in education neutralises differences between young people from high-income and low-income backgrounds with regards to such participation. The article argues that this places added emphasis on the role of educational institutions in nurturing democratic engagement.

Keywords:young people, inequality, higher education, democratic engagement, civic participation, political participation
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:08 Jan 2021 15:10

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