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Friday, 11th September 2009

Canada -- Youth Culture Is Renewing Democracy, One Click at a Time

Youth Culture Is Renewing Democracy, One Click at a Time
Source: Canadian Policy Research Networks

Election speculation season has begun, and almost as fashionable as hypothesizing the date of our next federal election are media musings on youth disengagement from the democratic process.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) commissioned a series of papers on the political and civic engagement of young people in Canada to go beyond surface characterizations of youth culture. Researchers found that youth are not only highly engaged in global and local civic causes, organizations and initiatives, they are savvy communicators, sophisticated networkers and soundly and demonstrably committed to democracy.

Youth disaffection with formal politics was clearly expressed in our deliberative dialogues and workshops with Canadian youth, and deserves our attention and concern, but this bare fact says as much about our political institutions as it does about our young people.

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