Wednesday, 22nd March 2017; 17:00 (for 17:30) - 19:30, Committee Room G, House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0PW. Chair by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE
Confirmed speakers include: Dr Stuart Fox, Wiserd, Cardiff University; Professor Phil Cowley, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London; Dr James Sloam, Reader in Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London; Dr Andrew Mycock, Reader in Politics, University of Huddersfield, and David Eaton, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, ILC-UK.
Recent elections and referenda in the UK have implied a growing intergenerational divide. Older people have voted in larger proportions than younger cohorts leading to vocal concerns from journalists, politicians, and academics that older people are having an increasingly dominant impact on UK politics.
The public debate is getting angrier. The argument goes that older people are benefitting while younger people are finding themselves increasingly politically and socially excluded. Following the EU referendum, The Independent ran a story “How old people have screwed over the younger generation”. Huffington Post ran another under the headline “Young ‘Screwed By Older Generations”.
But how real is this intergenerational divide? During this debate we will explore whether, and how policy can best respond. We will explore:
- Why are younger people poorly engaged in elections?
- What does an ageing society mean for the future of participation by younger people?
- What are the policy solutions: How can we get young people more engaged in elections?