New and innovative forms of youth participation in decision-making processes
Year of production: 2017
The backdrop to this work is increasing concern at political level and evidence to indicate that young people have been turning away from established forms of democratic participation. It is argued by some commentators that, as young people disengage from these ‘traditional’ forms of participation, they are finding ‘alternative’ or ‘innovative’ forms of participation to replace them.
Parallel to this social shift amongst young people is an increasing emphasis in the development of public policy across all sectors on ‘innovation’ and the political desire for public authorities to be ‘innovative’. This study set out to explore and identify ‘innovative’ forms of youth participation and to understand the role of innovation within the context of youth participation in decision making.