Youth and Politics in Europe

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How do young people in Europe perceive politics? How do they engage in the political realm? Which groups of young people are actively involved? And which learning environments and opportunity structures can foster participation? In this study, methodological problems of comparative participation research are discussed. The book also presents the measurement instrument developed for this European research project, which will certainly be useful for similar studies. Areas of study include: the meaning of, and relationship with, politics --- forms of political participation among young Europeans --- learning for participation: family, peers, schools, voluntary organizations --- gender: young women and politics --- the measurement instrument --- stability of political behavior.