20 April, 2023
This paper aims to investigate whether a country’s youth cohort size and quality of democracy, independently and jointly predict young people’s propensity to support democracy as a political system. We use pooled data from World Values Survey Waves 5–7, comprising 25,125 observations from 39 established and new democracies, in multilevel binary logistic regression analyses. The paper finds evidence that firstly, against conventional expectations, a large youth cohort exerts a positive influence on young people’s support for democracy as a political system. Secondly, the effect of youth cohort size depends on the quality of democracy of countries: young people growing as part of the youth cohorts in established democracies show stronger propensities to support democracy than their peers in new democracies.
Godfred Bonnah Nkansah – Attila Bartha (2023) Anti-democratic youth? The influence of youth cohort size and quality of democracy on young people’s support for democracy. Contemporary Politics (IF: 1.6999) https://doi.org/10.1080/13569775.2023.2196877