Surveying support for child and youth political participation in Australia and New Zealand

Phillips, Louise Gwenneth, Ritchie, Jenny, and Perales, Francisco (2019) Surveying support for child and youth political participation in Australia and New Zealand. Citizenship Studies, 23 (5). pp. 460-485.

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Recent decades have witnessed increased empirical and policy interest in children’s citizenship, particularly since the ratification of the United Nations Declaration of Children’s Rights. However, support for children’s active citizenship is often hindered by the pervasiveness of discourses that characterise children as innocent, developing, and free from responsibility. Public and governmental decision-making largely excludes children’s consultation and contributions, often determined by age alone. To quantifiably assess the amount of public support for children’s political participation, we commissioned a Likert scale survey question on degrees of support for children and youth (across four age groups between 3 and 18 year olds) having the opportunity to influence government decisions, in the Australian and New Zealand 2016 versions of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). Analysis of responses to this question in relation to demographic survey data indicate variation in preferences for different age groups, and that age, gender, and political party preference of respondents were variables of significance for both nations. These variables point to potential predictors of attitudes toward political participation of children and youth which have relevance for policymakers and educators in relation to provision of programmes that will increase the engagement of children and youth in government decision-making.

Item ID: 59831
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-3593
Keywords: children; survey research; cross-national research; International Social Survey Programme; political participation
Copyright Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Funders: Spencer Foundation
Projects and Grants: Spencer Foundation The New Civics Initiative Major Grant
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 01:42
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440802 Citizenship @ 34%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440712 Social policy @ 33%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440899 Political science not elsewhere classified @ 33%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship @ 100%
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