This Wednesday 20th of March at PIR Research Seminar we are very happy to have Dr James Sloam giving his talk “Youthquake 2017: the Rise of Young Cosmopolitans in Britain since the Financial Crisis'?” Please join us for a discussion of this fascinating topic. The event will take place in FW101 and starts at 4.30 pm.
You can find and abstract and bio below.
James will discuss the reasons behind the 2017 youthquake – which a significant increase in youth engagement, and an unprecedented gap in youth support for Labour over the Conservative Party. The talk explores changes in youth political participation in the UK since the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis – from austerity, to the 2016 EU referendum, to the rise of Corbyn – up until the June 2017 General Election. He identifies the rise of cosmopolitan values and left-leaning attitudes amongst Young Millennials, particularly students and young women. The situation in the UK is also contrasted with developments in youth participation in other established democracies, including the youthquakes inspired by Obama in the US (2008) and Trudeau in Canada (2015). The book, Youthquake 2017: The Rise of Young Cosmopolitans in Britain, from which the research is taken can be accessed free here:https://www.palgrave.com/it/book/9783319974682#aboutBook
James Sloam is reader in politics at Royal Holloway University, and founding convenor of the UK Political Studies Association (PSA) specialist group on young people’s politics. James has published widely in the area of youth, citizenship and politics in Europe and the United States, including articles inWest European Politics, Comparative Political Studies and New Media and Society. James is currently leading a project for the Greater London Assembly and the London Mayor’s Office (with the NGO, Bite the Ballot) investigating the key policy issues for young Londoners and ‘youth voice’ (with reference to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals). He is a fellow of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Democratic Participation, and authored the chapter on ‘electoral participation’ for the 2016 United Nations World Youth Report.