Political participation among young people – from party democrats to social media activists?

Project: Research

Project Details


The party engagement among young people have decreased during the last decades, putting representative democracy at risk. Nevertheless, young people are politically engaged, and they are especially engaged in protest activities. The overarching aim of this project is to study young people’s political participation. Are some forms more likely to be chosen by young people than others, and if so why? An important and more recent form of participation, often assumed to be performed mainly by young people, is political participation and activity through social media such as social network sites. Thus, we also seek to understand how social media networks influence young people’s political engagement. The current research is of high international value since it concerns the future of representative democracy, and as such is strategically important for Lund University. The research group is composed of highly skilled researchers from Political Science and Psychology, with an extensive international network and experience in different methodological approaches. Together the researchers have previously published in high ranked international journals, and participated in international conferences.
Effective start/end date2015/07/012018/08/31


  • Marianne och Marcus Wallenbergs Stiftelse

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Communication Studies

Free keywords

  • Political participation
  • Social media
  • political psychology