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Citizenship, youth councils and young people’s participation

Matthews, M. H. (2001) Citizenship, youth councils and young people’s participation. Journal of Youth Studies. 4(3), pp. 299-318. 1469-9680.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This article focuses upon what has become the most favoured response by statutory and voluntary agencies for encouraging youth participation at a local level within the UK—the setting up of youth councils. Adults often establish youth councils largely because they are perceived to provide tangible opportunities deemed to enable ongoing participation by young people rather than because of demand from young people themselves. Emerging evidence suggests, however, that many youth forums are flawed and inappropriate participatory devices, often obfuscating the voices of many young people in local decision making. The article provides a brief review of the development of youth councils in the UK; examines the varying form and type of these different forums; and, drawing upon the views and voices of youth delegates, explores their perceived strengths and weaknesses. An evaluation of the efficacy of youth councils as participatory structures is offered
Additional Information: RAE2008 UoA45
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ793 Youth. Adolescents. Teenagers
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF799 Political rights. Political participation
Creators: Matthews, M H
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Date: 1 September 2001
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 299-318
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Youth Studies
Volume: 4
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 1469-9680
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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