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.