YPP Network Description

The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

Participatory Politics

Participatory Politics

Participatory Politics are interactive, peer-based acts through which individuals and groups seek to exert both voice and influence on issues of public concern through the following types of activities:

  • Investigation - Members of a community collect, and analyze online information from multiple sources, and often provide a check on information circulated by traditional media outlets.
  • Dialogue and feedback - Commenting on blogs, or providing feedback to political leaders through other digital means is increasingly how young people are joining public dialogues and making their voices heard around civic and political issues.
  • Circulation - In participatory politics, the flow of information is shaped by many in the broader community rather than by a small group of elites.
  • Production - In addition to circulating information young people increasingly create original online digital content around issues of public concern that potentially reach broader audiences.
  • Mobilization - Members of a community mobilize others often through online networks to help accomplish civic or political goals.


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Summary of Research Findings