By Shakuntala Banaji

There has been common obstacle in modern Western societies approximately declining engagement in civic existence; everyone is much less vulnerable to vote, to hitch political events, to crusade for social motives, or to belief political methods. youth particularly are often defined as alienated or apathetic. a few have regarded hopefully to new media -- and especially the web -- as a way of revitalizing civic lifestyles and democracy. Governments, political events, charities, NGOs, activists, non secular and ethnic teams, and grassroots businesses have created quite a number youth-oriented web pages that motivate extensively divergent types of civic engagement and use various levels of interactivity. yet are youth relatively apathetic and missing in motivation? Does the web have the facility to re-engage these disappointed with politics and civic existence?

Based on a huge study undertaking funded via the eu fee, this e-book makes an attempt to appreciate the position of the net in selling younger people's participation. Examples are drawn from Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the uk -- nations delivering contrasting political structures and cultural contexts. The booklet additionally addresses broader questions on the which means of civic engagement, the character of latest types of participation, and their implications for the way forward for civic life.

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