Youth political involvement update: measuring the role of cause-oriented political interest in young people's activism

Roger Soler-i-Martí

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    Abstract

    © 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis. In recent decades, a series of transformations have occurred that have changed young people's relationships with politics. In most Western countries, young people vote less and protest more. Survey research has detected this two-fold process in participation behaviour, but has failed to detect this same process in the field of political attitudes. In particular, the emergence of a specific dimension of psychological political involvement with a special impact on youth has gone unnoticed in survey-based research. Based on some recent qualitative studies, this research tries to identify and measure a specific dimension of interest in politics using a new question in a survey carried out in Catalonia in 2011. An interest directly oriented to political issues and causes – particularly those relevant in young people's everyday lives – is identified. The article also evaluates how traditional survey indicators of political involvement do capture, or not, this particular dimension of interest in politics. Finally, the new cause-oriented interest indicator is tested to analyse its impact on different types of participation in order to better understand patterns of activism in young people.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)396-416
    JournalJournal of Youth Studies
    Volume18
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

    Keywords

    • interest in politics
    • participation
    • political involvement
    • survey
    • young people

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