PARTISPACE Policy brief no. 2 Recognizing the Diversity of Styles of Youth Participation

Year of production: 2018

PARTISPACE has analysed what participation means for young people in different social positions and life conditions. Research findings suggest that an understanding of participation is needed that is broader and recognises the diverse ways in which young people claim being a part of society. Styles of participation can conform to existing rules but also deviate, they can address a whole community or society but they can also focus on the interests of a specific group.

This policy brief is concerned with emphasising the need to recognise the diversity of styles of youth participation. It gives recommendations to policy and practice at local, national and European Level concerning why recognition of diverse styles is necessary in promoting youth participation and what this can mean in terms of concrete orientations and actions.



The PARTISPACE project provides empirical knowledge on how to broaden the concepts of participation. The core of this knowledge lies in relating individual biographies of young people and the social spaces in which they act in order to understand the meaning of participation from their perspective.