Unges demokratiske selvtillid ved kommunalvalg

Stina Edlefsen, Sia Eliasen, Bibi Saeeda Rahimi, Lennert Petersen & Andreas Noes Egeberg

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract: In this report we will try to clarify why the youth participation is lower in local elections than other age groups and how this low turnout is linked to young people's democratic self-confidence. For other age groups we mean people that are 30 years old or older and therefore we have defined the youth to be between 18 and 30 years old. The report is based on a survey of primary empirical data and the involvement of relevant additional empirical data that will substantiate this particular questionnaire. The questionnaire we have designed, and the inclusion of additional empirical data is equivalent to a theoretical approach to try to identify this problem. The report will also describe the work processes both in the drafting of the questionnaire and methodological considerations about the general work. The report will first clarify the methodological approach, where we get into the analysis and finally a conclusion and perspectives. In this assignment’s methodological section we have placed emphasis on project design and working methods in which how we have achieved a lot of new insights. This applies to both theoretical but also methodological considerations where we are beginning to understand how a project should be initiated. The questionnaire which we use for the analysis focuses on the trends that can describe young people's voting behavior. We have achieved an understanding of especially these three factors: Distance, social heritage and democratic self-confidence which play an important role when and if the young people vote in municipal elections. The project highlights the different factors that play a role in voter participation through our analysis, where we use relevant theory. We use relevant theory actively for three analysis sections, and then the results are collected in a discussion. The theory of social heritage, socialization and citizenship will be taken into use for the first section of analysis to elucidate the role of parents in relation to the young people voting. Furthermore, we use the theory of network management and decentralization in an analysis of the municipalities and the distance from the citizen to the municipality/decision arenas. The last results of the studies will be used to illustrate these factors in relation to the concept of democratic self-confidence. Last in the report we can conclude that democratic self-confidence, social inheritance, socialization and the physical as well as the symbolic distance to both polling stations and decision arenas plays a role in young people's democratic self-confidence and also their participation and influence in society.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2013


  • Demokratisk selvtillid
  • Valgdeltagelse
  • Kommunalvalg
  • Unge