Voice, equality and education: the role of higher education in defining the political participation of young Europeans

Henn, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-1063-3544, Oldfield, B. ORCID: 0000-0001-6229-5439, Kisby, B. and Sloam, J., 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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Comparative European Politics
Creators: Henn, M., Oldfield, B., Kisby, B. and Sloam, J.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date: 8 January 2021
ISSN: 1472-4790
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1057/s41295-020-00228-zDOI
1393638Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Dec 2020 20:22
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2021 16:11
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41837

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