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Exploring youth political activism in the United Kingdom: What makes young people politically active in different organisations?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emily RainsfordORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage, 2017.

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This article challenges the current research on youth disengagement by asking what makes young people active in different political organisations. It applies the classic civic voluntarism model to explore which factors (skills, attitudes, mobilisation and motivations) best distinguish between young activists in political parties’ youth factions, the British Youth Council and the 2010 National Union of Students demonstrations. The results from multinomial logistic regression show that there are differences especially in the civic and political attitudes. The results also show that different organisations attract different kinds of young people, which can be used to (re-)engage young people in politics.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rainsford E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Year: 2017

Volume: 19

Issue: 4

Pages: 790-806

Print publication date: 01/11/2017

Online publication date: 08/09/2017

Acceptance date: 08/08/2017

Date deposited: 04/10/2017

ISSN (print): 1369-1481

ISSN (electronic): 1467-856X

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/1369148117728666


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