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Societies 2018, 8(4), 95; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8040095

Market Values and Youth Political Engagement in the UK: Towards an Agenda for Exploring the Psychological Impacts of Neo-Liberalism

School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln, Lincoln LN6 7TS, UK
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Received: 27 July 2018 / Revised: 21 September 2018 / Accepted: 25 September 2018 / Published: 27 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth and Social and Political Action in a Time of Austerity)
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This article seeks to develop a preliminary analysis of how neo-liberal thought and policies have impacted on youth political engagement in the UK, specifically by attempting to understand how macro-economic and other public policies can influence the individual psychology of citizens and their subsequent behaviour. The article sets out a clear definition and explanation of neo-liberalism and summarises six key neo-liberal impacts particularly pertinent to political engagement: marketisation and the tension this brings with democratic norms; responsibilisation narratives; increased inequality; the changing character of the state through privatisation and deregulation; the preference among policy-makers for ‘expert rule’; and repression of labour. It argues that the main psychological effects that result, and which underpin and define the personal experience of neo-liberal policy, are declines in political efficacy and increases in individualism, the ramifications of which for political engagement are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: neo-liberalism; austerity; youth politics; youth engagement; political engagement; political consumerism neo-liberalism; austerity; youth politics; youth engagement; political engagement; political consumerism
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Allsop, B.; Briggs, J.; Kisby, B. Market Values and Youth Political Engagement in the UK: Towards an Agenda for Exploring the Psychological Impacts of Neo-Liberalism. Societies 2018, 8, 95.

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