The distance between young people and democratic institutions is a matter of concern. Not only young people’s exclusion from political party leadership and electoral participation leads to distortions in political arbitrations but they also set a trend towards an ever greater democratic deficit and de-legitimation of democratic institutions. In some cases, political institutions adapt and create structures to include young people, in form of, for example, the Young Mayor Programme or Youth Parliaments. In other cases, young people try to reform institutions from outside, assembling on the streets or using the internet and social networks to express their demands.   

Labs of theme 4