Political participation of unemployed youth: the moderator effect of associational membership

Simone Baglioni*, Pasquale Colloca*, Maria Theiss*

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This article discusses how associational membership can compensate for that lack of opportunities and motivation necessary for political participation that unemployment usually provokes. We investigate such a moderator effect of associational membership by means of a CATI survey of young people realized in two different cities: Turin in Italy and Kielce in Poland. The survey was part of a larger research on youth unemployment funded by the EU FP7 program (Younex). We propose an exploratory analysis allowing us to assess at a low level of abstraction and through a local level comparison, how far associational membership performs even across different contexts as a promoter of political engagement of a specific group of young, deprived, individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-787
Number of pages18
JournalPartecipazione e Conflitto
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2015


  • youth unemployment
  • political participation
  • civil society
  • associated membership
  • Italy
  • Poland


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