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We are glad to present you the second newsletter of the Partispace research project. Partispace newsletter brings an update on the progress in our research and gives some insights into current and upcoming working steps of the project.

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Many say that young people do not participate enough in society - or not in the right way?

According to the Partispace project this observation starts from a too narrow understanding of participation that does not take into account what is important for young people.

We therefore ask where young people participate because we think that it may happen in other places than expected by adults and institutions.

We ask how they participate because we think that there are many other forms than voting, being members of associations or involvement in youth councils.

And we want to understand what participation means for young people.

What do they think from official possibilities of participation and what activities are really relevant for them? 



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3rd consortium meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden

From 25th to 28th April 2016, the 10 teams of the PARTISPACE project met in Gothenburg (Sweden) for the 3rd consortium meeting. Almost one year after the official start of the project, the objective was first to assess the progress of the research so far and to reflect and prepare the forthcoming steps of the project.

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First Partispace public report

Standing of youth policy and participation in Europe today

Since the publication of the European Commission’s White Paper on Youth in 2001, the attention on youth has grown in the political agendas of many European countries. This is demonstrated by the increasing proliferation of discourses on youth and policies for their social integration.

Political discourses and policies convey specific perspectives on young people’s role in society, their needs and potentials as active citizens, and how these are translated into concrete ambitions and directed measures. To understand the content and inter-relations between the views on young people in different European countries a comparative analysis of policies and discourses on youth and youth participation in the eight PARTIspace countries have been carried out. Together with an exploration of youth conditions based on the analysis of Eurostat data and a review of the most recent literature on youth participation and descriptions of the cities involved, this provides a framework for the in-depth analyses of participation in the coming local case studies

In the now published WP2 comparative report the “images of youth” in the different countries are proposed. These images are built up from which youth issues are prioritised and what solutions are suggested and/or implemented, paying specific attention to the topic of youth participation.

The main results of these analyses show how the eight countries of PARTISPACE consortium (Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK) reflect different youth perception and consequently different youth transition regimes and policies.

The discourse analyses of about 30 official documents on youth (e.g. policies and official governmental statements) and also the comparative exploration of the youth policy systems in the involved countries highlight both commonalities and national variations.

The main findings suggest that despite the aforementioned proliferation of discourses and policies, in many of the countries youth policy and participation occupy a scarcely defined and prioritised place in the national agendas


Project news

comparison of municipality laws in Hesse and and Baden Vrurttemberg

Boosting participation of young people – by law?

Getting young people involved in local decision-making processes is one of the goals of the law regulating municipalities statutes in Germany. And as this law is within the competence of the regional governments each region – the Länder – has their own version of it. The regulations on youth participation however do not vary too much between the 16 “municipality laws” (“Gemeindeordnung” in German). They mostly consist of a lot of non-binding sentences like “local authorities should…” and “local authorities can…”.

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Participation and protest movements:  the example of  “Nuit debout” in Rennes

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Nuit Debout in Rennes

Nuit Debout was created by students in Rennes on April 5th 2016 after protests in Paris. Students first attempted to organize the Nuit Debout movement March 31st following the first protests in Paris, but the State prohibited public demonstrations in the historical city center. The State felt these prohibitions were justified as a result of clashes and vandalism that occurred during previous protests.

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Participation and protest movements:  the example of  “Nuit debout” in Manchester

Nuits Debout in Manchester

Nuits Debout started in Manchester on May 15th as part of the international call  ‘Nuits Debout Partout.’

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Forthcoming publication: participation of refugees?

Abstract “Non-Formal Spaces of Socio-Cultural Accompaniment: Responding to Young Unaccompanied Refugees: Reflections from the Partispace Project”

The so called “refugee crisis” hit Europe and the PARTISpace-countries became actors in the direct confrontation with (civil) wars, armed conflicts and poverty on a global dimension. The German (Frankfurt), Swedish (Gothenburg) and English (Manchester) teams decided to write an article about the ongoing discourse and its deposit in actual participatory activities on, with and for refugees – especially unaccompanied minor refugees. The following outlook comes from a perspective of the Frankfurt team and focuses on the incidents for, with and against refugees, but also frames the impact on the debate in Germany more specifically in Frankfurt.

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The partispace consortium partners


This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649416. The views expressed in this newsletter are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EC

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