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The political participation of disabled people in Europe: rights, accessibility and representation

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  • Waddington, L.B.

  • Priestley, M.
  • Stickings, M.
  • Loja, E.
  • Grammenos, S.
  • Lawson, A.
  • Fredriksdottir, B.

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This paper provides the first systematic cross-national assessment of disabled people's electoral and political participation, based on research in the 28 Member States of the European Union and in the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A mixed methods approach included policy analysis, information requests to national experts and secondary analysis of European survey data. The evidence populated indicators which suggest four lines of action: (a) lifting legal and administrative barriers; (b) raising awareness; (c) making political participation more accessible; (c) expanding participation opportunities in public life. Civil society organizations as well as public institutions have an important role to play as change agents in this regard. (c) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Research areas

  • Disability, European Union, Human rights, Political participation, Accessibility, Social indicators, DISABILITIES, EFFICACY, CITIZENSHIP, ENGAGEMENT, PRINCIPLE, ETHNICITY, MOVEMENT, INTERNET, ELECTION, TURNOUT
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalElectoral Studies
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016