Meaningful Youth Political Participation in Europe: Concepts, Patterns and Policy Implications

Year of production: 2022

This study on youth political participation builds on long-established research interest shown by expert publications (e.g. Forbrig 2005), insights into innova- tive forms of youth participation (Crowley and Moxon 2017), literature reviews (e.g. Galstyan 2019), toolkits and expert perspectives (e.g. Deželan 2018, Farrow 2018) and outcomes of the symposium “The future of young people’s political participation: questions, challenges and opportunities” held in 2019 (EU-Council of Europe youth partnership 2019, Bacalso 2019). Seeking to move conversations on youth political participation forward, this theoretical study is built on an extensive literature review and highlights some less frequently debated dimensions of youth political participation, and introduces original avenues for defining meaningful youth political participation.


Council of Europe
Council of Europe (CoE)

The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 27 of which are members of the European Union. The Council of Europe advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality, and the protection of minorities. The Council of Europe helps member states fight corruption and terrorism and undertake necessary judicial reforms. The Council of Europe promotes human rights through international conventions, such as the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the Convention on Cybercrime.

Ondřej Bárta

Georg Boldt

Anna Lavizzari