Young People’s Voting Behaviour in Europe. A Comparative Perspective

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Publication Date 2017
ISBN 978-1-137-59242-2
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This book uses various concepts of ‘age’ to examine young people’s voting behaviour in six European countries between 1981 and 2000. It addresses questions such as: what are the determinants of voting choices among young people, and to what extent are these factors different from those of adults?

Through an innovative approach aimed at studying party choice with a strong empirical orientation, the author argues that age is less important in influencing voting choices than having been young and socialised to politics in a given historical period. Ultimately, values and political factors explain young people’s voting choices more than social identities, which marks a change from previous generations. This book will appeal to students and scholars in comparative politics, electoral behaviour, party politics, and political sociology.

+ Makes a signifciant contribution to our understanding of young people's political behaviour in Europe
+ Compartively studies six countries using theoretical reasoning and detailed empirical accounts of specific voting models
+ Addresses the political socialisation of young people and their relationship with previous generations

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