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Ungas avhopp från kommunfullmäktige: En studie om unga fullmäktigeledamöters beslut att lämna sina uppdrag
Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Young people are opting-out of local councils : A study about young members of municipal council’s decision to leave their assignment (English)
Abstract [en]

Young councillors are currently under-represented in Sweden's municipalities. Young councillors are also stepping down in greater numbers than older members. This paper explores the reasons why young councillors choose to resign from their mission, so to identify possible remedies to the problematic trend of underrepresentation of younger people in local authorities in Sweden.

This qualitative essay intends, through interviewing politically-active young people who has left their assignment, to study the reasons for resignations from elected posts. To see what could be the reason I have looked at previous studies and theories about opting out but also tried to remain open to identifying new and emerging trends previously undetected in existing surveys.

The results showed that the political assignment proved to be too time-consuming, with young people choosing to spend their time on career and leisure. Those who resign from political life often express criticism towards the Municipal Council; they consider it tedious and many complain of having little influence. The increasing underrepresentation of younger people in political office and the fact that it is hard to recruit new active members shows that structural changes needs to be made to succeed in attracting new young members to political assignments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Young, politicians, municipal council, opting-out, councillors
Keyword [sv]
Ung, kommunpolitiker, fullmäktigeledamot, avhopp
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-3203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-3203DiVA: diva2:292791
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(English)
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-02-09 Created: 2010-02-09 Last updated: 2010-02-09Bibliographically approved

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