Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).
This article will examine the responses of young people to constitutional change in the UK, with a focus on the emerging issues of rights and responsibilities. The reaction to this change, in the form of the Labour government’s 2009 Rights and Responsibilities:Developing our constitutional framework Green Paper, was largely negative, criticised by young people as a top-down imposition of government-mandated constitutional reform. Thus, the coalition government’s revised approach to the issue in the form of the Big Society philosophy will be considered, and its potential to respond to these concerns assessed.
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