European Political Science

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 186–195

Teaching Frameworks for Participation – Can We? Should We?

  • Annabel Kiernan

DOI: 10.1057/eps.2011.16

Cite this article as:
Kiernan, A. Eur Polit Sci (2012) 11: 186. doi:10.1057/eps.2011.16


This article reflects on the challenges that social and political disengagement pose within the university environment, and offers an alternative pedagogical solution centred on praxis. To retain the functional role of education for the reproduction of democracy, the article contends that the challenges posed by mass education, the corporatisation of university life and the alienating impact of neoliberal discourse mean that the solution to engagement and participation within university, and beyond, lies in teaching activism.


activism pedagogy democracy participation 

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© European Consortium for Political Research 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Annabel Kiernan
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and PhilosophyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK