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Political participation today: a radical shift, but with a positive or negative outcome?

Political participation can be regarded as a basic need in democracies. After a worrying 2016, a year of populism and post-truth politics, two different narratives for the future have emerged: one optimistic, the other pessimistic.

The former refers to a growing pro-European spirit and the arrival of a new civic culture, epitomised by movements such as Pulse of Europe. The latter sees the worrying growth of fake news and the decline of traditional institutions, as well as the rise of authoritarian tendencies, which seems to indicate that political engagement is seen as old-fashioned.

In any case, today’s reality in this age of new technology requires a project- and network-based approach.

Read the full article in the December 2017 issue of the European View, the Martens Centre policy journal.