Youth and political participation: case in Turkey

Ontas Ö., Buz S., Hatiboglu B.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, vol.16, no.2, pp.249-262, 2013 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13691457.2011.620567
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-262
  • Keywords: Political Participation, Policy, Social Work Students
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this research is to explore views about, and the extent of, political participation amongst students in a Department of Social Work. The sample was composed of 127 fourth and sixth-term students. One of the most striking outcomes of the research is that young peoples' political participation remains low, despite widespread dissatisfaction with political and economic systems. The results of this study and analysis are based on sociocultural and historic developments specific to Turkey, specifically the culture of fear fostered in Turkey following the military coup d'etat of 1980, and the influence this had in the intergenerational conveyance of the notion that the father government' can protect the public without the need for active political participation, which is still prevalent amongst the study participants.