Cajoling or coercing: would electoral engineering resolve the young citizen–state disconnect?

Henn, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1063-3544 and Oldfield, B, 2016. Cajoling or coercing: would electoral engineering resolve the young citizen–state disconnect? Journal of Youth Studies, 19 (9), pp. 1259-1280. ISSN 1367-6261

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Abstract

The relationships between citizens and their states are undergoing significant stresses across advanced liberal democracies. In Britain, this disconnect is particularly evident amongst young citizens. This article considers whether different electoral engineering methods - designed either to cajole or compel youth to vote - might arrest the decline in their political engagement. Data collected in 2011 from a national survey of 1,025 British 18 year olds and from focus groups involving 86 young people, reveal that many young people claim that they would be more likely to vote in future elections if such electoral reforms were implemented. However, it is questionable whether or not such increased electoral participation would mean that they would feel truly connected to the democratic process. In particular, forcing young people to vote through the introduction of compulsory voting may actually serve to reinforce deepening resentments, rather than engage them in a positive manner.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Youth Studies
Creators: Henn, M. and Oldfield, B.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2016
Volume: 19
Number: 9
ISSN: 1367-6261
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/13676261.2016.1154935DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 22 Mar 2016 16:18
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27212

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