On SAGE Insight: ‘Youthquake’: How and Why Young People Reshaped the Political Landscape in 2017

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The shock UK 2017 General Election result was widely characterized as a ‘youthquake’, with a dramatic surge in support for Labour among younger voters. In this paper the authors investigate the new trend that could have profound implications for British politics.

The excitement generated by the election was such that the Oxford English Dictionary named ‘youthquake’ the 2017 ‘word of the year’. This decision created much controversy amongst political commentators who decried the hype around the choice of word (after all, the Labour party had not won the election!).

Academics have – on the basis of new British Election Study data – described the youthquake as a ‘myth’ or a mere ‘tremor’. This article challenges this argument and emphasize the importance of youth engagement in the 2017 General Election.

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Youthquake’: How and Why Young People Reshaped the Political Landscape in 2017
James Sloam, Rakib Ehsan, Matt Henn
First Published February 28, 2018
DOI: 10.1177/2041905818764697
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