This project follows on from a national survey completed by the lead researcher in 2002 that investigated the attitudes towards politics held by British 18 year olds. That earlier study identified a significant degree of disengagement amongst young people, of whom only 39 per cent voted at the 2001 General Election.

The current study will focus upon a new generation of young people a decade later, and will examine whether or not their views about the political and democratic process differ from those recorded in 2002 – and if so how.

Firstly we will conduct a national online questionnaire survey amongst 1,000 18 year olds (voters and non-voters). Secondly we will carry out online focus groups with young people who opted not to vote at the recent 2010 General Election. Supplementing the survey with the use of focus groups will enable us to gain insights into what it is that influences young people’s decisions to abstain from voting, and what are the means by which young people might be reconnected to the political process.

The study is innovative in its use of online methods which will help to increase accessibility and the appeal of participation in the study for young people.



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Social differentiation in young people’s political participation: The impact of social and educational factors on youth political engagement in Britain

Author: Matt Henn Date: 31 July 2013 Journal article

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Letter of thanks from BBC News (London)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 18 July 2013 Other

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Letter of thanks from Electoral Commission 4 June 2013 (London)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 17 July 2013 Other

Why don't young people vote and what can we do about it? (Electoral Commission, June 2013)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 12 July 2013 Presentation/lecture

Disconnected Youth? The Impact of Socio-Economic and Educational Factors on Youth Political Engagement In Britain (Istanbul Bilgi University, June 2013)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 12 July 2013 Seminar/workshop

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Letter of thanks from IPPR North 27 June 2013 (Manchester)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 12 July 2013 Other

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Letter of thanks from IPPR North 19 March 2013 (Newcastle)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 12 July 2013 Other

Why don’t young people vote, and what does it matter anyway? (IPPR North, Manchester, June 2013)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 11 July 2013 Presentation/lecture

Switched on? An examination of young people's use of technologies to support political activity (12th Nordic Youth Research Symposium, June 2013)

Author: Nick Foard Date: 13 June 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Society Now - ESRC Research Making An Impact (Spring 2013 Issue 15)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 02 April 2013 Bulletin article

Why don’t young people vote, and what does it matter anyway? (IPPR North, Newcastle, March 2013)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 28 March 2013 Presentation/lecture

Disconnected Youth? The Impact of Socio-Economic Factors and Social Capital on Young People’s Political (Dis)engagement in Britain (Royal Holloway, March 2013)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 28 March 2013 Seminar/workshop

ESRC Britain in 2013 magazine

Author: Matt Henn Date: 19 November 2012 Bulletin article

Young people and politics in Britain

Author: Matt Henn Date: 17 October 2012 Website

Parliament 'referee' says it's a pity MPs don't behave

Contributor: Matt Henn Date: 13 July 2012 Audio/video recording

Newsbeat listeners v MPs on why many young don't vote

Contributor: Matt Henn Date: 12 July 2012 Audio/video recording

Most young people 'don't trust' politicians or parties

Interviewee: Matt Henn Date: 09 July 2012 Other publication/report

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Young people and politics in Britain : how do young people participate in politics and what can be done to strengthen their political connection? (Briefing Paper)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 04 July 2012 Other publication/report

The political engagement of young people in Britain ( Autonomous University of Barcelona, April 2012)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 30 April 2012 Seminar/workshop

Young people and politics in Britain today (Michigan State University, London, July 2011)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 30 April 2012 Presentation/lecture

But will they vote? : an examination of young people’s political engagement in Britain (Southern PSA, New Orleans, January 2012)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 12 January 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Young people, political participation and trust in Britain

Author: Matt Henn Date: 01 January 2012 Journal article

Back on the agenda and off the curriculum? : citizenship education and young people’s political engagement

Author: Matt Henn Date: 01 January 2012 Journal article

Engaging the next generation (The Guardian)

Interviewee: Matt Henn Date: 19 November 2011 Newspaper

Young people and politics in Britain : how do young people participate in politics and what can be done to strengthen their political connection? (Pacific Northwest PSA, Seattle, October 2011)

Author: Matt Henn Date: 13 October 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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Start date
01 March 2011
End date
30 July 2012
Grant holder
Professor Matt Henn
Co-applicants
Grey
Mr Nick Foard
Grant amount
£77,635.96
Grant reference
RES-000-22-4450
Discipline
Political Science
Political Science and International Studies
Grant type