The Political Participation of Portuguese Youth

The Political Participation of Portuguese Youth

Existing studies of political participation of Portuguese youth paint a bleak picture of low levels of involvement, both in longitudinal and comparative terms. In this project, we seek to build on previous studies, both enlarging and deepening their focus. We will first set out a comprehensive comparative analysis of the state of youth political participation, using up-to-date data collected via the European Social Survey. Then, a representative survey that builds on previous ones carried out by one of the project co-principal investigators, in 2007 and 2015, will be implemented. Pooling all these data will allow for a longitudinal assessment of youth political participation in Portugal, its contexts and main predictors. Two additional components of the project will approach the topic from a more qualitative perspective. First, a study of parties’ strategies for the mobilisation of the young, using documental analysis and interviews. Second, focus groups and short ethnographies will be used to study unconventional and expressive (artistic/performative) forms of youth activism.

 

 

Financed: 
Yes
Entidades: 
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Rede: 
Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto, Universidade do Minho, Universidade de Aveiro
Keywords: 

political participation, youth, associativism, mobilization

Existing studies of political participation of Portuguese youth paint a bleak picture of low levels of involvement, both in longitudinal and comparative terms. In this project, we seek to build on previous studies, both enlarging and deepening their focus. We will first set out a comprehensive comparative analysis of the state of youth political participation, using up-to-date data collected via the European Social Survey. Then, a representative survey that builds on previous ones carried out by one of the project co-principal investigators, in 2007 and 2015, will be implemented. Pooling all these data will allow for a longitudinal assessment of youth political participation in Portugal, its contexts and main predictors. Two additional components of the project will approach the topic from a more qualitative perspective. First, a study of parties’ strategies for the mobilisation of the young, using documental analysis and interviews. Second, focus groups and short ethnographies will be used to study unconventional and expressive (artistic/performative) forms of youth activism.

 

 

Parceria: 
National network
Coordenador 
Start Date: 
24/06/2020
End Date: 
31/05/2021
Duração: 
11 meses
Closed