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Political Participation of Young People in Changing Contexts

IPSA World Congress, Montreal, July 19-24, 2014

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Published on Monday, September 09, 2013


The International Political Science Association (IPSA) will held its 23rd congress in Montreal in 2014. The Research Committee on Political Socialization and Education (RC-21) will organised several panels, among which a panel dealing on “Political Participation of Young People in Changing Contexts”. 



For the last thirty years, political scientists have tried to explain why the majority of young people rejected openly traditional politics and refused to vote. Yet, a minority was involved in several types of movements and was engaged in civic participation. This reality has not been neglected and has often been studied. Recently, however, a total new picture seems to emerge. The youth is at the centre of “revolutions” in several countries; in other places, they openly contest government policies. New technologies support those protests and bring expectations for new forms of democracy. Should we reverse totally our old image of youth involvement for that reason? Are we in front of new kind of involvements, new forms of political socialisation, new politics? More than ever, it is time to reflect on those changes without broad generalisations: what can the new data tell us in different countries? What experiments do illustrate the changes? Can we measure trends for a “generation”? What are the ideas brought by institutions or the young people themselves to encourage those involvement? What are the obstacles that refrain some youth to participate and why? Those are some of the questions we will address in this panel. New qualitative or quantitative data are particularly welcomed.

Submission guidelines

  • Anyone can submit an abstract. You do not need to be a member of IPSA until you register for the congress. However, you must be signed up for a free IPSA website account to be able to submit an abstract.
  • Only the main author should submit the abstract/paper proposal. Co-authors can be added afterwards.
  • To permit maximize participation in the world congress, it is necessary to limit the number of appearances of any single individual as follows:
    • No individual may make more than one appearance in the programme in each of the following categories:
      • Chair or co-chair of a session
      • Papergiver*
      • Discussant
  • Proposals must be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 1500 characters (approximately 250 words). Please do not include references, bibliographical notes, or your contact information in the abstract text.
  • Review your use of language. Use a spell-checker to make sure you have not made any mistakes. Please do not use ALL CAPS or leave titles in lower case letters.

If you are accepted:

  • You will be asked to submit the complete paper.
  • Be prepared to present your paper orally, in no more than 15 minutes at the congress.
  • Your name will ONLY appear in the printed program if you register by the Early Registration deadline - March 11, 2014.

*Papergivers may appear twice - once as a main author and once as a co-author. Should more than one of your proposals be accepted, only 1 will be accepted in the final program and any others rejected. You will have the choice to choose the proposal you wish to keep.

Deadline to submit abstract/paper proposals: October 7, 2013


Scientific committee

  • Président: Dr. Bernard Fournier
  • Coprésident: Prof. Dimokritos Kavadias
  • Commentateurs: Dr. Eugénie Dostie-Goulet


  • Montreal, Canada


  • Monday, October 07, 2013


  • Youth, Involvement in Politics, Participation


  • Bernard Fournier
    courriel : bernard [dot] fournier [at] me [dot] com
  • Dimokritos Kavadias
    courriel : dkavadia [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be

Information source

  • Bernard Fournier
    courriel : bernard [dot] fournier [at] me [dot] com


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« Political Participation of Young People in Changing Contexts », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, September 09, 2013, https://calenda.org/258662

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