1st Edition

Youth Civic and Political Engagement

By Martyn Barrett, Dimitra Pachi Copyright 2019
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    What exactly is civic and political participation? What factors influence young people’s participation? How can we encourage youth to participate actively in their own democracies? Youth Civic and Political Engagement takes a multidisciplinary approach to answering these key questions, incorporating research in the fields of psychology, sociology, political science and education to explore the issues affecting youth civic and political engagement.

    Drawing on evidence that has been obtained in many different national contexts, and through multinational studies, this book provides a theoretical synthesis of this large and diverse body of research, using an integrative multi-level ecological model of youth engagement to do so. It identifies unresolved issues in the field and offers numerous suggestions for future research.

    Youth Civic and Political Engagement is an invaluable resource for researchers, teachers, youth workers, civil society activists, policymakers and politicians who wish to acquire an up-to-date understanding of the factors and processes that influence young people’s civic and political engagement, and how to promote youth engagement.

    Chapter 1 Civic and political engagement among youth: concepts, forms and factors

    Chapter 2 Psychological factors linked to youth civic and political engagement

    Chapter 3 Social and demographic factors linked to youth civic and political engagement

    Chapter 4 Macro contextual factors linked to youth civic and political engagement

    Chapter 5 Theoretical integration and actions for promoting youth engagement


    Author index

    Subject index


    Martyn Barrett is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He works as an expert for the Council of Europe and the OECD on the development of intercultural, democratic and global competence.

    Dimitra Pachi is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of Winchester, UK, a BPS Chartered Psychologist and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). She has led numerous national and international research projects on processes of youth social and political development.