The PSA Young People’s Politics specialist group addresses various questions within contemporary and historical contexts related to young people’s political participation, such as:


  • What does ‘politics’ and political participation mean to young people?
  • How and why do young people choose to participate (or not) in politics and democracy?
  • How can young people be encouraged to participate more widely (and deeply) in various forms of civic and political engagement, including electoral and non-electoral forms of political participation?
  • How is the landscape of young people’s citizenship and political participation evolving?
  • Why is young people’s political participation important?


Members of the YPP specialist group engage with key issues, such as citizenship, citizenship education, political socialisation, Votes at 16, electoral participation, political generations, non-electoral participation, Do-It-Ourselves politics, protest, engagement, generational replacement, representation, precarity and politics, intergenerational inequalities.


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Contact the group's convenors:

Dr Emily Rainsford, Dr Benjamin Bowman, Dr Sarah Pickard, Katherine Smith, Dr James Weinberg


Thank you for all the marvellous papers presented at the PSA 2019 conference in Nottingham!


Specialist Groups Convenors: 
Role Name Institution Email
Convenor Emily Rainsford Newcastle University
Treasurer Ben Bowman Manchester Metropolitan University
Convenor Sarah Pickard Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
Convenor Katherine Smith University of Sheffield
Convenor James Weinberg University of Sheffield