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Citizenship and Political Engagement Among Young People: The Workings and Findings of the Youth Citizenship Commission

Tonge, Jonathan and Mycock, Andrew (2010) Citizenship and Political Engagement Among Young People: The Workings and Findings of the Youth Citizenship Commission. Parliamentary Affairs, 63 (1). pp. 182-200. ISSN 1460-2482

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Abstract

In 2008, the Labour government established the Youth Citizenship Commission (YCC). The (independent) Commission, staffed by individuals of varying backgrounds and serviced by the Ministry of Justice, was asked to examine how young people define citizenship and to explore how that citizenship might better be connected to political activity. Additionally, the YCC was required to lead a consultation on whether the voting age should be lowered. From the perspective of two participants, this article examines the key debates which exercised the YCC and discusses some of its most important recommendations, but also looks at its workings. Could the Commission (or other independent Commissions) operate differently in terms of evidence-gathering, deliberations, recommendations or implementation of proposals?

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > The Academy for the Study of Britishness
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2011 13:39
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2011 11:53
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131

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