Study: Shrinking democratic civic space for youth

Year of production: 2021

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The mapping study explores the change in civil society and the issues discussed under the concept of “shrinking civil society”. Among its main findings it reveals that young people and organisations representing their interests find it increasingly hard to practice civic agency and thus become agents of social change.

The civic space is defined in a broad manner in order to include early learning and various aspects of youth work because the definitions, aspirations, and acceptable expressions of the democratic process are determined through cultural and social processes.

Take a look and explore issues such as: civic space and its role in safeguarding democracy; trends of shrinking civic space; the relevance of changes in youth work to shrinking civic space for young people.


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The Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth

The EU-CoE youth partnership is a co-operation programme between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth, created in 1998. It is based on the principle of a balanced involvement of the partner institutions in terms of political priorities, management, funding and visibility.

Tomaž Deželan, PhD

Tomaž Deželan: Research interests include higher education policy, quality assurance, citizenship education, citizenship concepts, debates and regimes, political communication, youth, new modes of governance, parliamentary cohesion, electoral studies, gender, civil society and sustainable development.

Laden Yurttagüle

Experienced in capacity building for CSOs; skilled in program, content and tool development for CSOs. Working on the concept of "participation," including advocacy, volunteering, policy development, and policy analysis.