Study on youth political engagement in Portugal

Portugal is special in terms of youth political engagement since, unlike most European countries, the constantly low turnout of young Portuguese people is not offset by their participation in other unconventional, less “élite-driven” forms of political activity.

Based on this assumption, the Study on Youth Political Engagement in Portugal seeks to make a comparative analysis of this population group’s political participation, based on data from the European Social Survey and on a representative survey to be carried out under this study through 1,500 face-to-face interviews. The study will also have a qualitative perspective including two methodological components:

  1. an analysis of political parties’ youth mobilization strategy, through documentary observation and interviews with party members and leaders;
  2. focus groups and a summary survey of case studies on new, unconventional and expressive forms of youth activism (art/performance).

The study will be carried out in partnership with the Opinion Survey and Study Centre of the Catholic University of Portugal (CESOP-UCP), in charge of the interviews and the survey, and the University of Lisbon’s Institute of Social Sciences (ICS-UL), the University of Porto’s Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE-UP) and the University of Aveiro’s Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP-UA), in charge of designing the survey, analysing and processing data, conducting focus groups and presenting the reports. This study is scheduled to start in 2020 and end in 2021. These are target dates only, subject to developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.