Engaging the Millennials: The Citizens’ Initiative in Finland

A1 Journal article (refereed)


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Publication Details

List of Authors: Huttunen Janette, Christensen Henrik Serup
Publisher: Sage
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Young


Abstract

Millennials’
disengagement from institutionalized politics has been a cause for concern
among scholars and pundits. Consequently, there is an increased interest in
possibilities to mobilize them through new participatory mechanisms, but the
results are still unclear. We contribute to this research agenda by examining
whether the Finnish citizens’ initiative mobilized the millennial generation
with data from the Finnish National Election Survey from 2015 (FNES2015).
Furthermore, we use the civic voluntarism model (CVM) to explore what factors
explain the involvement of millennials in supporting citizens’ initiatives to
determine whether users differ from non-users and whether CVM works differently
for millennials as compared to the general population. Our results show that
millennials are frequent users of the initiative. We find few significant
differences between millennial users and non-users, suggesting that using the
citizens’ initiative is egalitarian among millennials. We also find no evidence
that the CVM model works differently for millennials.


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