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A New Democratic Youth: Citizen participation revitalized?

On 14th December 2017 at the meeting of the National Institute of Youth and Community Education (INJEP) in Paris, Céline Martin, University of Cergy-Pontoise, EMA, will present the first findings of PARTISPACE research, with a focus on public concerned and European perspectives from the comparative case study report of the research project.

Find out the whole programm (in French) and the abstract below:

Nowadays, there is a wide range of young people styles of participation in the city life. Many surveys on this topic are highlighting this issue in France. The last few years have been marked by a lot of changes concerning citizen practices, which is questioning again the relationship to politics and democracy. We are especially observing a significant increase of engagement in collective’s movements or associations.

Some new spaces of democracy, of exchanges and some initiatives strengthening participation of citizen are at the margin of traditional political parties, in the public space or on the internet

From a generational point of view, to what extent do young people have a specific relationship with democracy and politics? Who are those young people, what are their motivations? Are they innovating in a way of doing politics, what are these news forms of participation? What instruments are set up to develop and renew this citizen participation? Finally, are these experimental practices revitalizing democracy or, on the contrary, weakening it?

It is in this context that Céline Martin will present the first results of PARTISPACE. The statement will focus on the profiles of young people met in the case studies and on motivation of  young people to participate.