Very interesting guest post on Alan Mackie’s blog exploring the relationship between ‘old’ and ‘young’ motivations in the vote to Remain or Leave.
By Dr. Emily Rainsford
For a long time youth scholars, including myself, have been arguing and showing empirically that young people are not apathetic or non-political. Instead we have argued that they are alienated from the political system that they don’t see as doing anything for them. Suddenly, in the wake of the EU referendum we see a new pattern. The younger generation turned up to the polling booth and voted to remain in the institution so many older people feel disenfranchised and alienated from. What is going on here?