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"School's out!": a Test of Education's Turnout-Raising Potential

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Snelling, Charlotte

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Abstract Youth turnout in the UK is falling despite young people representing arguably the most educated generation. This article examines education’s role in social sorting, contending that the positive impact of educational expansion on electoral participation is tempered by relative education concerns. Using the 2011 UK Citizens in Transition Survey, it argues that education affects turnout by determining young people’s positioning within social networks. Some of these networks are more politicised than others. Individuals with relatively lower educational status continue to be excluded from more politically engaged networks – irrespective of their educational attainment – and as such lack the mobilisation and greater sense of political efficacy required to vote.
Keywords Great Britain; young adult; young voter; voter turnout; social network; political interest; level of education; political participation; level of education attained; voting behavior
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 4-17
Journal Intergenerational Justice Review (2016) 1
Issue topic Low Electoral Turnout among Young Voters
ISSN 2190-6335
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial