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Youth participation in EuropeBeyond discourses, practices and realities$
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Patricia Loncle, Gerrit Jackson, and Virginie Muniglia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300182

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.001.0001

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Barriers to participation within a recessionary state: impediments confronting Irish youth

Barriers to participation within a recessionary state: impediments confronting Irish youth

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(p.109) 7 Barriers to participation within a recessionary state: impediments confronting Irish youth
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Youth participation in Europe
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Leahy Pat

Burgess Paul

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.003.0007

The challenges facing young people in contemporary Ireland are daunting and perhaps unprecedented. As a generation, they inherit a financial catastrophe which has brought about the end of relative personal affluence, disposable income and a burgeoning jobs market. They have arguably had their futures sacrificed on the alter of Government/IMF/EU driven austerity measures and banking bailouts. Their life prospects are now defined by high unemployment, enforced emigration and a government who insist on defining youth policy in terms of ‘infantilisation’, designating young people as ‘children’. Against this contextual backdrop, this chapter reflects on the prospect of meaningful civic participation for Irish Youth.

Keywords:   Participation, Infantilisation, Austerity, Unemployment, Unaccountability

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