HP086 - Solidarity and the next generation: youth and change in undemocratic regimes
Convened by Marjoke Oosterom (Institute of Development Studies, UK) and Lovise Aalen (Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway)

We expect great things from the young. From supporting democracy and human rights, to becoming great leaders. Yet many regimes use diverse strategies to co-opt the youth, repress dissent, and fragment youth movements. How can youth stand in solidarity with one another and find common ground for their futures? Which are examples of resistance successfully deployed to withstand co-option and patronage? Presenters discuss their research on youth politics, enhancing our understanding of how and under which conditions young generations can overcome divisions and contribute to promoting democracy and justice, by taking formal and/or informal political action.