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.

  • Activists and Participatory Politics

    The Activists and Participatory Politics project seeks to provide support and highlight the effective practices of activist groups that promote participatory politics and youth civic and political engagement.

  • Design Principles Project

    Our group will integrate insights from across the YPP Network into a clear set of design principles for platform designers that are supported by compelling, concrete, real-world examples.

  • Digital Activism, Global Dimensions

    Digital Activism, Global Dimensions is a set of case studies designed to explore the dynamics of activism in the age of digital communications.

  • E-Publics


    The goal of this research is to produce both a monograph and an edited volume that analyze the public spheres of the contemporary United States and other nations and the role of the Internet within them.

  • Educating for Participatory Politics

    Through the efforts of four teams based in three different cities, the Educating for Participatory Politics (EPP) project is exploring the transformations that accompany the digital age, and investigating the opportunities for educators in preparing young people to participate in civic and political life.

  • Good Participation Project

    The Good Participation Project is a study of young people’s civic and political participation in a digital age.

  • Media, Activism and Participatory Politics

    The Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project is based at at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Over the past four years, MAPP conducted five case studies of diverse youth-driven communities which translate mechanisms of participatory culture into civic engagement and political participation.

  • Youth Activism Project

    The Youth Activism Project (YAP) focuses on youth engagement in online activism, particularly more ephemeral forms of activism (often referred to as flash activism).

  • Youth Media and its Digital Afterlife

    Youth Media and its Digital Afterlife follows young people’s creative, investigative, and civic-minded projects through stages of development, distribution, and—crucially—what happens once the work has been released to networked audiences.

  • Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project

    The Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project (YPPSP) has collected survey data from a nationally representative sample of more than 2,500 respondents ages 15-25. This data provides researchers with a unique opportunity to interrogate how youth from a variety of backgrounds participate in and experience public life, online and off.