Young councillors — influential politicians or youth alibi?
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Original versionWinsvold M, Ødegård G, Bergh J. Young councillors — influential politicians or youth alibi? . Representation. 2018;53(3-4): 297-311 https://doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2018.1434232
Based on a survey of young councillors in 20 Norwegian municipalities, the paper studies the relation between the councillors’ sense of political efficacy, their role perception and their motivation to continue with politics. The results indicate that those feeling they are expected to represent youth or who are nominated because of their age feel less influential than others. Influence in own party group and being acknowledged by established politicians seem to be important for the motivation to continue with politics.