The low turnout of young people in elections is a persistent problem in many Western democracies. In the UK, turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds in the last two general elections was almost half of that of pensioners.
Although there has been a surge in voter registrations among the under 35s for the 12 December elections, we don’t know if this will translate in actual votes.
Amidst all the debate about youth participation, few scholars look at differences among young people. In our new book we focus on social class differences in political involvement among young people. We argue that the education system only widens these disparities.(more…)