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Romanian Youth – Social Exclusion and Political Unrest
Romanian Youth – Social Exclusion and Political Unrest

Author(s): Victoria Stoiciu
Subject(s): Civil Society, Social development, Social differentiation, Crowd Psychology: Mass phenomena and political interactions, Migration Studies
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.
Keywords: Romania; Youth;

Summary/Abstract: The article explores the situation of the Romanian youth, offering an overview on the young people’s economic and social inclusion perspectives. The article argues that the high levels of unemployment, lack of access to education and poor living standards are the reason for young people’s dissatisfaction with the country’s situation and, more broadly, with the performance of democratic institutions in Romania.The lack of economic perspectives generates a high migration rate to other EU countries, a solution that many young Romanians prefer for better living standards and more opportunities.The article claims that the dissatisfaction with the current situation creates a rejection of the traditional, institutionalized politics and elections and the pursuit of new, alternative forms of political participation, but it also feeds potentially dangerous authoritarian attitudes.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 05-06
  • Page Range: 46-57
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English