Pre-Conference Event:

Questioning the Generation Game in Contemporary Politics: Young vs. Old?

Tiny Rebel Cardiff, 25 Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DD

17:30 - 20:00

In recent years there has been a resurgence of discourses of intergenerational conflict within political, public, and media debate. From Brexit to pensions and social care, older generations have been increasingly blamed for many of the perceived problems facing contemporary governments and society. The ‘Baby Boomers’ have been depicted as a ‘problem generation’, flourishing in decades of unparalleled development but leaving subsequent generations to pick up the tab (Bristow 2015, 2016; Phillipson et al. 2008). However, the reality of the ’open inter-generational warfare’ (Philp 2006) has been questioned, for example, the ‘youthquake’ which shaped the 2017 General Election in the UK has been the subject of intense debate. This roundtable engages with narratives of intergenerational conflict – real or imagined - and will consider the potential consequences for contemporary politics in the UK. 

Speakers: Helen Mary Jones (Swansea University), Matthew Mathias (Electoral Reform Society Cymru) and Dr Esther Muddiman (WISERD, Cardiff University)

Chair: Dr Andy Mycock (University of Huddersfield)

This event is open to all.