Growing into politics? The development of adolescents' views on democracy over time

Hessel Nieuwelink*, Geert ten Dam, Femke Geijsel, Paul Dekker

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Abstract

This study focuses on how views on democracy develop during adolescence. A total of 40 Dutch adolescents were interviewed in their second and fourth year of secondary education. The study shows that the interviewed adolescents do become more familiar with politics but do not develop more nuanced views towards democracy. As the adolescents age, a one-dimensional perspective on democracy becomes more apparent. In the interviewees' perspective, democracy increasingly equals majority rule. Other aspects, such as minority interests and finding consensus, are increasingly neglected. This study, therefore, suggests that adolescents do not naturally' develop more complex views on democracy when they age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-410
JournalPolitics
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • decision-making preferences
  • models of democracy
  • perceptions of politics
  • political socialization
  • DECISION-MAKING
  • FAMILY
  • SOCIALIZATION
  • ENGAGEMENT
  • STABILITY
  • ATTITUDES
  • FREEDOM
  • PEER
  • LIFE

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