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What Parties do to Engage and Mobilize Youth: A Literature Review of Five Countries

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New Review on How Political Parties Engage and Mobilize Youth:
Lessons for Parties, Grassroots Organizations and Researchers

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In 2013, Elections Canada asked Samara, a non-partisan charitable organization that works to improve political participation in Canada, to explore what we know about how political parties engage young people in Canada and in similar countries. Why? Our own National Youth Survey Report showed that, among young people, the likelihood of voting was 15 percentage points higher for those who were directly contacted by a political party or candidate than for those who were not.

The result was a literature review on party engagement of youth in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Finland. Below is a summary of some of the key findings Continue reading »

Laura Anthony

Jane Hilderman

Alison LoatFootnote 1


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Footnote 1 Samara, founded in 2009, is a non-partisan charitable organization dedicated to improving political participation in Canada. Alison Loat is Co-Founder and Executive Director. Laura Anthony works as a Research Analyst and Jane Hilderman as a Research Manager at Samara. To learn more about Samara, visit The research assistance provided by Jennifer Phillips, Stefanie Freel, Karen McCrae and Eleni Tsaliki is gratefully acknowledged.