Can citizenship education inspire youth participation in democratic life?

Citizenship education is frequently proposed as a vehicle to promote young people’s participation in political and civic life. This paper examines this claim by first exploring the two concepts of youth participation (particularly youth political participation) and citizenship education and our understanding of citizenship education as a practice with the potential to increase young people’s political participation. It then reviews the existing evidence base for the impact of citizenship education on youth participation through a number of case studies, examining the complexity of the relationship between the two concepts, and providing recommendations on how citizenship education and other factors can contribute to higher youth engagement.

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