Discussion paper

Putting the politics back into politics: young people and democracy in Australia

Democracy Local government Policy Youth Community participation Australia

Young people are changing the way they engage with politics, and politics is going to have to change as a consequence.

This project sought to consider the existing research on young Australians’ participation in democracy. This was undertaken with the purpose of developing a series of recommendations to promote the active citizenship and participation of young people in the democratic life of Australia. By extension, this paper also makes a number of observations regarding the current state of Australia’s democratic environment – identifying trends that affect all Australian citizens – not just young people.

This paper represents the culmination of twelve months of research undertaken by the Whitlam Institute and the Office of University Engagement at UWS throughout 2008 on a project, Young People Imagining a New Democracy.

The project is supported by the Foundation for Young Australians.

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