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UK Politics – The Voting Age Debate

3. Scotland and Wales

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Lecture

In this module, we discuss the voting age debate in Scotland and Wales, focusing in particular on: (i) the Incremental rather than universal approach to lowering the voting age across the United Kingdom post-1997; (ii) voting age as a devolved policy issue; (iii) the inclusion of young people aged 16 and upwards in the Scottish Independence Referendum of 2014 and the effects of this; (iv) the extension of the franchise to young people aged 16 and upwards in all national and local Scottish and Welsh elections; (v) the implication of this asymmetrical implementation of franchise rights; (vi) the debate over lowering the voting age elsewhere in the world, e.g. young voters in Austria and the current debate over votes at 16 in New Zealand.

Course

In this course, Dr Andrew Mycock (University of Huddersfield) explores the debate around lowering the voting age to 16 in the UK. In the first module, we discuss the history of voting age reform in the UK, beginning with the 1832 Reform Act and concluding with the lowering of the voting age to 18 in the 1960s. In the second module, we cover the voting age debate in the UK from the 1980s to the present day. In the third module, we discuss the voting age debate in Scotland and Wales and the implication of the asymmetrical implementation of franchise rights in these UK regions (where young people aged 16-18 are able to vote in national and local elections, but not general elections). In the fourth module, we consider the politics of votes at 16, focusing in particular on its implications for devolution and the complicating factor of the so-called “culture wars”. Then, in the fifth and final module, we conclude with a discussion of the future of voting age reform.

Lecturer

Dr. Andrew Mycock is a Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. He is co-founder of the Academy for British and Irish Studies based at the University of Huddersfield. I am also co-convenor of the Politics Studies Association Britishness Specialist Group. His research interests include post-empire citizenship, multiculturalism, and identity in the UK including devolution and nationalism across the UK, as well as youth citizenship and democratic participation.

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Mycock, A. (2022, August 15). UK Politics – The Voting Age Debate - Scotland and Wales [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/uk-politics-the-voting-age-debate/scotland-and-wales

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Mycock, A. "UK Politics – The Voting Age Debate – Scotland and Wales." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/uk-politics-the-voting-age-debate/scotland-and-wales

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