Representing the future in aging societies : policy implications of the voting age reform in Germany

Asatryan, Zareh

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-645179
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2022
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW-Kurzexpertise
Volume: 22-04
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Kurzexpertisen
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Aging societies face a fundamental challenge: How to represent future oriented policies in the politics of today? Voting age reforms and, more generally, policies that encourage the participation of the youth in politics are discussed as one solution. In this report, we study whether voting age reforms are radical enough to save us from gerontocracy. We show that there are certain policy fields that have strong age gradients. Although these are very far from being linear and often go in unexpected directions compared to a view that sees voters as simple self- interested actors.

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