The default position in social and political theory is to disregard children altogether, or to consider them as learner-citizens.
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When children and young people have opportunities for active citizenship, they demonstrate a wide range of ways of contributing to their communities.
Youth on the march.
Yes, young voters' choices had an impact, but not a decisive one.
A rural highway in Ottumwa, Iowa on Jan. 27, 2017.
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A recent study from the Tisch College of Civil Life at Tufts looks at millennials' civic engagement – and finds some cause for concern in rural, suburban and urban areas.
South Africans’ right to vote was hard fought and hard won.
South Africa's university students have shown that they can have an impact on the political landscape. That's why it's so important that they exercise their right to vote.
There's an argument to be made for giving more power to those who will live longer with the consequences.
Wyatt Roy, now assistant minister for innovation, was elected as an MP at the age of 20.
The involvement of youth in politics suggests politicians are not tackling issues of concern to young people.
Was Richard Di Natale right about voting intentions among under 30s?
Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Q&A that if there was a vote among people who are under 30 in Australia, there'd possibly be a Greens prime minister. What do the polls say?
Studies have shown that young people do not consider politicians and political parties to be representative of issues that impact them.
Concern about youth electoral enrolment is framed the wrong way. It usually suggests that young people are somehow deficient and that they – and not the political culture – are the problem.
Activist in the making.
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A new study of young Belgians shows the power of a political education.
Young people have the most at stake in the June 23 poll, but they know the least about the EU.
Bernie supporters at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, January 24, 2016.
In 2014, voting rates for young people hit record lows. Will things turn around in 2016?
We know that older people are more likely to vote conservative: but is this because of their age, or their generation?
Let’s get political.
Good news: young people are politically active. Bad news: they're not all turning up to elections.
Hanging on his every word.
Research suggests young people are engaged in politics, they just don't like the politicians.
Youth votes could make a big difference, if they make it to the box.
Young people could change the outcome in anywhere between 11 and 41 constituencies.
Young voters need more than a sign to find their way to the ballot box.
Recent figures suggest nearly one million people – many of them university students – have fallen off the voters’ register over the past year. With a general election looming, this is an alarming statistic…
Fixating on the voting age won’t fix the system.
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The case for lowering the voting age to 16 in the UK would appear to have been strengthened by the resonance of young people in the Scottish referendum. But excitement over this issue masks a deeper problem…
Young Australians are significantly less willing than the rest of the population to register and turn out to vote.
In the current political environment, young people are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Typically stereotyped as having an inflated sense of entitlement, uninterested in civic participation…
…just like any other?
It has become a truism in the UK that government policy favours older generations because they vote in much larger numbers than young people. This assumption was central to the recent recommendation made…
Narendra Modi is winning support from young voters.
In 2004, students in the north Indian city of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, started a club called Generation Nowhere. They met to discuss the hopelessness of their position as educated young men from provincial…