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Not ‘all the same.’ Boosting the political participation of under-represented groups among electors in Britain.

le 8 novembre 2019

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Journée d'étude : Not ‘all the same.’ Boosting the political participation of under-represented groups among electors in Britain.

 Programme [PDF - 273 Ko]

Organisation : Emmanuelle Avril et Sarah Pickard


This study day will explore the political participation of under-represented groups as electors within traditional political institutions in Britain. The focus will be on barriers to participation and especially the mechanisms employed by different actors to increase the participation and agency of those groups of people who tend to have lower electoral turnout rates; Numerous demographic categories, identity groups and communities are said to be under-represented in British electoral politics as voters and candidates. These include: young people, women, people from ethnic minorities and religious minorities, working class people, people from disadvantaged backgrounds, state-school educated people, LGBTQ people, single parents and disabled people. The year 2019 marks just over a century since women aged 30 and over (owning property) were enfranchised for general elections, prior to all women obtaining the right to vote in 1928. It is also the 50th anniversary of when the minimum voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 for general elections, while the minimum candidacy age for MPs was lowered to 18 in 2007. Thus, various laws have been enacted that have opened out voting and candidacy to a greater proportion of the population. At the same time, various networks, pressure groups, advocacy groups and social movements have tried to make the House of Commons more representative of the population as a whole. Statistics from official data and surveys show that specific groups have lower turnout rates in elections. These include 18 to 24-year-olds, people from lower social status groups, black and minority ethnic groups and people with lower levels of educational attainment. Why have the political participation rates of electors evolved? What has been done to achieve change? Who is involved in bringing about higher turnout rates among under-represented groups? How could participation be improved? Which individuals, networks, lobbies, social movements and political bodies are acting to improve participation, representation and diversity? What has been done and by whom to encourage under-represented groups to vote and what else could or should be done? What are the levers to boost electoral participation? These are just some of the questions this study day aims to answer.

Type :
Colloque / Journée d'études
Lieu(x) :
Salle Athéna, Maison de la Recherche de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (4 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris)

mise à jour le 17 septembre 2019


Maison de la Recherche
de l'Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
Salle Athéna
4 rue des Irlandais - Paris 5ème

Métro / RER :

Ligne 7 : Place Monge
Ligne 10 : Cardinal Lemoine
RER B : Luxembourg

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