Civic Participation

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University education makes you a better citizen

Posted on 28 September 2017 by WISERD

We often think about what young people can expect to gain from university, or what universities contribute to society. But it’s not often that we talk about how higher education can change society beyond the shaping of individuals. As tuition fees rise, and universities are cast in increasingly intense competition for students and staff, their
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Civic engagement in Russia

Posted on 24 May 2017 by WISERD

Professor Grigori Kliucharev recently presented as part of the WISERD Civil Society seminar series. His presentation, ‘Social and political participation in building democracy in Russia: The role of literacy programmes and educational reforms’, is based on research data on literacy, and social and political participation in Russia. This was conducted in 2014-2016 by Professor Grigori
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Patterns of participation

Posted on 28 April 2017 by WISERD

WISERD PhD student, Sian Evans, recently presented her PhD research as part of the WISERD Cardiff lunchtime seminar series. She explores whether the Omnivore Thesis can be found within the field of social participation.  The Omnivore Thesis was originally identified in the context of cultural participation – music tastes, attendance at the theatre, cinema, art
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16 and 17 year-olds and the EU Referendum

Posted on 29 November 2016 by WISERD

‘Should 16- and 17-year-olds be given the right to vote’ is a topic that has been discussed a lot recently in the UK. The Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 was a case to the point as the 16- and 17-year-olds were given the opportunity to vote and the results indicated that 89% of all 16-
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An analysis of the effect of compulsory voting on youth political apathy

Posted on 15 November 2016 by WISERD

Recent findings by WISERD have found that Millennials are the most politically disinterested generation in the history of British survey research. WISERD research examining youth political engagement in Wales has found that while young people exhibit unremarkable levels of the attitudes most commonly associated with political alienation, they demonstrate a noticeably high level of apathy
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A ‘Mature Debate’ on Communications Surveillance?

Posted on 17 November 2015 by Natalie Richards

On the 4th November, Home Secretary Theresa May unveiled the government’s proposals for updating the UK’s legislative framework for communications surveillance. The arrival in parliament of the Investigatory Powers Bill has been long-awaited and its possible contents have been the source of increasing speculation. We’ve now had our first look at the draft Bill (that’s
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