Young People’s Human Rights and The Politics of Voting Age

  • Sonja C. Grover

Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Philosophical Context of the Minimum Voting Age Question

  3. Socio-Cultural Factors and the Minimum Voting Age

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. Voting Age Eligibility: Human Rights Issue or Social Policy Matter?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
  5. A Victory for the Vote at 16 in Austria Goes Largely Ignored in Other States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Sonja C. Grover
      Pages 73-77
  6. Rationalizing of the Violation of U.K. Youth’s Inherent Right to Suffrage

  7. The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Eligible Voting Age

  8. Barriers Coming From Unlikely Sources to Youth’s Struggle to Access the Basic Human Right to Suffrage

  9. Re-Examining Alleged Rationales for the Bar Against the Vote for Under 18s

  10. Voting Age Eligibility and the Societal Marginalization of Under 18s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
  11. Unequal Treatment in Accessing the Inherent Right to Suffrage

  12. Recognizing the Vote at 16 Movement as a Fundamental Human Rights Struggle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Sonja C. Grover
      Pages 237-250
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 251-268

About this book


Young People’s Human Rights and The Politics of Voting Age is the first book to address in-depth the topic of voting age eligibility as a universal fundamental human rights issue rather than an internal, discretionary State policy matter. International perspectives on the issue of voting age eligibility are examined as are the legal, historical, philosophical and sociological dimensions of the legislated age-based bar to the vote. The book examines examples of movements for the youth vote at 16. Also addressed is the failure of high profile human rights organizations and institutions to endorse the vote at age 16 and the implications for democratic values of the denial of the youth vote in most Western and non-Western States. The book would be extremely valuable for instructional purposes as one of the primary texts in undergraduate or graduate courses on children’s human rights, political psychology, sociology, political science, sociology of law and as a supplementary text for courses on human rights or constitutional law. It would be of great interest also to members of the general public concerned with children and youth human rights issues.


Children's human rights Children’s democratic participation rights Comparative Law Constitutional inadequacies Democratic participation Human Rights International Convention on the Rights of the Child North American and Commonwealth legislative bar to voting Particpation rights Political Participation Politics of voting age Social Justice Voting rights Youth democratic participation Youth human rights Youth participation rights Youth voting rights

Authors and affiliations

  • Sonja C. Grover
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. EducationLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

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