PARTISPACE Policy brief no. 5 Young People Learn democracy by Doing

Year of production: 2018

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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 young people claim being a part of society. This has implications for understanding how young people learn to participate.

This policy brief is concerned with the learning processes related with young people’s participation and how such learning can be supported. First, it refers to practitioners working with young people in formal and non-formal education. Second, it gives recommendations to youth policies at local, national and European level who are concerned with empowering young people to get involved in political social and civic participation. Third, it addresses education policies with regard to necessary changes in formal and non-formal education.



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.