Culture and Society
Published on November 15th, 2015 | by anouar hassbaoui0
Youth and Political Participation: Diagnosing the Problem and Bridging the Gap
By: Flah Loubna
The involvement in the realm of politics emanates from the imperious need to operate a significant change in society. Though the number of young people holding decision-making positions remains low, young activists are often the ones who spearhead demonstrations and protest movements that reshape public policies. Youth display a distinctive stamina in denouncing injustices and promoting equality in society. Yet, their direct involvement in the process of election and voting is timid. In a number of developing countries, youth choose to distance themselves from the conventional patterns of political participation due to the feeling of infectiveness overriding the practice of politics. The present article addresses the reasons undergirding youth’ torpor towards politics. It suggests also practical solutions to reconcile youth with politics.
Political participation refers to the processes by which individuals make their own judgment about political leaders and public policies manifest. The emancipation of citizens in either directly or indirectly into the act of public governance is the bedrock of democracy itself.
Direct Political Participation
Elections play a pivotal role in the enforcement of democracy through the organized expression of the popular will. It is based on the premise of political representation as a practical and fair mode of governance. The elected officials are expected to defend the interests of their constituencies and to enact the promises made during their electoral campaigns. The legislative institutions elected are entitled to promote the public interest by ensuring prosperity and safeguarding rights.
Indirect Political Participation