An insight into young people's democratic participation across European cities

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An insight into young
people’s democratic
participation across
European cities
Recent youth-led climate protests across Europe and beyond are a serious reminder for
decision-makers: Young people are an integral part of our democratic system, and they
want to have a larger say in Europe’s future. As such participation starts at the local level,
the PARTISPACE project investigated its existing forms in eight cities across Europe.
Existing research suggests that political participation starts with
influence and involvement at the local level. But what exactly do
we know about this involvement, and how does it differ from one
Member State to another? The PARTISPACE (Spaces and Styles
of Participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities
of young people’s participation in European cities) project led
the investigation in eight European cities, to broaden the under-
standing of local youth participation, identify problems and help
facilitate such participation.
“Our initial observation was that most formal forms of participa-
tion for youth do not have much weight and are essentially token
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