Participeren jongeren anders ? : Een contextspecifiek antwoord op basis van het Belgische Oosterweelreferendum
According to the advocates of the New Polities thesis youngsters are generally less interested in general elections, but are rather attracted by citizen-initiated referendums that are inspired by ecological, elite-challenging and pro-social motives. However, other scholars contend that the age-related differences that characterize participation in genera! elections are more or less universal because what really matters is how much is at stake. Yet, maybe a middle ground can be found between both perspectives if one explicitly takes into account the conditional nature of the New Polities theoretical framework . Based on exit-poll data regarding participation and vote choice in a Belgian citizen-initiated referendum in three different local contexts we test these conditional hypotheses. Our findings reveal that consistent with the New Polities thesis youngsters participate more and prefer pro-ecology, elite-challenging, and pro-social issue-frames, but only in 'low stakes-contexts' where no NIMBY-interests are at play.
How to Cite:
Thijssen, P., (2013) “Participeren jongeren anders ? : Een contextspecifiek antwoord op basis van het Belgische Oosterweelreferendum”, Res Publica 55(1), p.61-84.