Voting at 16: Lessons from Scotland for the Rest of the UK?

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Abstract

In 2014, 16- and 17-year-olds in Scotland were allowed to vote in the independence referendum. Subsequently, it was decided that 16- and 17-year-olds should be able to vote in Scottish elections. 16 and 17-year-olds in England have not been similarly enfranchised. Using that situation as a form of natural experiment, this chapter considers whether 16 and 17-year-olds in Scotland express different political attitudes and behaviour compared to their counterparts in the rest of the UK. The chapter identifies higher levels of political engagement amongst 16- and 17-year-olds in Scotland and argues that further steps, including in the area of civic education, is required to generate lasting positive change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK
Subtitle of host publicationA Missed Opportunity?
EditorsDaniel Kenealy, Jan Eichhorn, Richard Parry, Lindsay Paterson, Alexandra Remond
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter3
Pages45-75
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783319528182
ISBN (Print)9783319528175
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameComparative Territorial Politics
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Keywords

  • political participation
  • youth voting
  • young people
  • democracy

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  • Conclusion

    Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A., 2017, Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK: A Missed Opportunity?. Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 149-159 (Comparative Territorial Politics).

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  • Introduction

    Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A., 2017, Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK: A Missed Opportunity?. Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-19 (Comparative Territorial Politics).

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  • Political Engagement

    Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A., 2017, Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK: A Missed Opportunity?. Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 21-44 (Comparative Territorial Politics).

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