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Brooks, Rachel and Hodkinson, Paul (2008) Introduction Journal of Youth Studies, 11 (5). pp. 473-479.

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Over recent years, politicians and social commentators in many countries of the world have become concerned with what is perceived to be young people’s declining engagement within the political sphere. There is certainly strong evidence that turnout in national elections has fallen markedly among the youngest age groups. In the UK, for example, between 1997 and 2001 the percentage of 18-24 year olds who voted fell by 29 per cent to 39 per cent, a much greater drop than was witnessed among other age groups (Phelps 2005; Wattenberg 2003). Moreover, in 2005, when turnout in general rose slightly, it continued to decline for the 18-24 age group and remained the same for 25-34 year olds (Phelps 2005). Similar trends have been observed in other countries. Indeed, a previous special issue of the Journal of Youth Studies, on Youth and Politics (volume 6, number 3, 2003) has shown how concern about youth disengagement is driving public debate in countries as far apart as Canada, Germany and Australia.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Date : 2008
DOI : 10.1080/13676260802282968
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Youth Studies in 2008, available online:
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Date Deposited : 11 Oct 2012 11:55
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