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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


5. Participation

5.9 E-participation

No top level legal framework exists that encourages young people to participate in political processes electronically, even though public administrations may encounter problems with other communication paths.

In her dissertation 'Young, Online and Connected. The impact of everyday Internet of Dutch adolescents on social cohesion', a national study on the relationship between e-participation and youth political engagement, Marjon Schols, who obtained her doctorate at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 2015, claims that social networks such as Facebook are tools to increase social cohesion. For example, youth networks can mobilize other young people to participate online and offline in political activities.