‘A codified constitution is a massive deal’: young people, deliberative democracy and A new Magna Carta? / Royal Holloway Group PR3710.

In: Youth Voice Journal, 08.02.2016, p. 1-16.

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This paper reports the results from a deliberative event for young people (16- to 18-yearolds), inspired by the UK Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s 2014 report, A new Magna Carta?, which asked whether Britain should adopt a written constitution. Deliberative events are a potential vehicle for engaging young people with potentially distant political issues. We found that participating in deliberative activities increased young people’s knowledge about the constitutional options set out in A new Magna Carta?, and it also crystallised opinions about Britain’s constitution. Our research was clear in finding little support among our participants for a written constitution, and it was also clear that deliberation, if anything, entrenched support for the status quo. We further suggest that parliamentarians and policy makers might use deliberative-polling events more systematically and routinely to consult and empower young people on issues that affect them directly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalYouth Voice Journal
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2016
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