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PIDOP — Result In Brief

Project ID: 225282
Funded under: FP7-SSH

Enabling increased political and civic participation

An EU-funded transnational research project explored the processes and factors facilitating and/or inhibiting civic and political engagement and participation. The study focused on nine European countries.
Enabling increased political and civic participation
Researchers from the 'Processes influencing democratic ownership and participation' (PIDOP) project had two main goals, with the first being to advance the state-of-the art in the field of political and civic participation. The second goal was to provide evidence-based information and guidance to help inform the development of policy, practice and interventions for boosting political and civic participation.

Theoretical and empirical work was divided into specific strands: the collation and analysis of current policies on participation, and the development of political theories of participation and of psychological theories of participation. The other four strands focused on the modelling of existing survey data on political and civic participation, the collection and analysis of new data on political and civic participation, theoretical integration, and the development of recommendations for policy and practice.

With an emphasis on youth, women, minorities and migrants, PIDOP’s investigations were specific to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and the UK (England and Northern Ireland). Relevant phenomena at local, national and EU levels also received particular attention. The main findings for each area of project work are available on the website, as is a comprehensive report on the final policy recommendations addressing issues of concern for stakeholders at all three levels. Specifically, the report outlines 61 recommendations for concrete actions that can be taken by social and political actors and institutions.

The efforts and outcomes of the PIDOP initiative have advanced our understanding of political and civic participation across disciplines such as politics, psychology, sociology, social policy and education. Results from the theoretical and empirical work undertaken have produced new knowledge and can be used to enhance participation and engagement in both the political and civic domains. This is especially pertinent to youth, women, ethnic minorities and migrants — groups traditionally deemed to be at risk of political and civic disengagement.

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