Another white elephant? Youth councils as democratic structures

Hugh Matthews, Melanie Limb

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    UK society has probably never witnessed the kind of activism now emerging to tackle the roots of age-based discrimination and inequality. Everyone appears to be consulting and listening to children. The most favoured response by statutory and voluntary agencies for encouraging children and young people's participation has been the setting up of youth councils. This paper considers the extent to which youth councils enable participatory citizenship and democratic participation. In so doing, the commonplace suggestion that young people exhibit a lack of enthusiasm for involvement in 'political' matters and issues of local representation is challenged. The concept of active citizenship is mobilised to highlight particular ethical and methodo logical issues that need to be addressed at a local level if successful partner ship working that includes young people is to be achieved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSpace and Polity
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003

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    NameSpace and Polity


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