Age Inequalities in Political Representation: A Review Article. Stockemer, D. & Sundström, A. Government and Opposition, May, 2023.
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People in political decision-making across the globe tend to be much older than the average voter. As such, parliaments and cabinets are unrepresentative of the larger population. This has consequences: it risks favouring policies geared towards the interests of older cohorts, it might alienate youth from voting and could push parties to appeal (even more) to older voters. In this review, we synthesize the growing literature on youth representation. We do so by: (1) delineating the group of young politicians, (2) discussing why youth ought to be present in politics, (3) empirically depicting the state of youth representation, and (4) illustrating the factors that help or harm youth to enter politics. This synthesis shows the degree to which young people are absent from decision-making bodies across the national, subnational and supra-national levels and attempts to make sense of the reasons why there is such a dearth of youth as candidates and representatives. We conclude by discussing gaps in research and suggesting several avenues for future work.
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	title = {Age {Inequalities} in {Political} {Representation}: {A} {Review} {Article}},
	issn = {0017-257X, 1477-7053},
	shorttitle = {Age {Inequalities} in {Political} {Representation}},
	url = {https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0017257X23000118/type/journal_article},
	doi = {10.1017/gov.2023.11},
	abstract = {People in political decision-making across the globe tend to be much older than the average voter. As such, parliaments and cabinets are unrepresentative of the larger population. This has consequences: it risks favouring policies geared towards the interests of older cohorts, it might alienate youth from voting and could push parties to appeal (even more) to older voters. In this review, we synthesize the growing literature on youth representation. We do so by: (1) delineating the group of young politicians, (2) discussing why youth ought to be present in politics, (3) empirically depicting the state of youth representation, and (4) illustrating the factors that help or harm youth to enter politics. This synthesis shows the degree to which young people are absent from decision-making bodies across the national, subnational and supra-national levels and attempts to make sense of the reasons why there is such a dearth of youth as candidates and representatives. We conclude by discussing gaps in research and suggesting several avenues for future work.},
	language = {en},
	urldate = {2024-01-07},
	journal = {Government and Opposition},
	author = {Stockemer, Daniel and Sundström, Aksel},
	month = may,
	year = {2023},
	pages = {1--18},
}

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