Gema M. Garcia Albacete

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2014, Young people’s political participation in Western Europe: Continuity or Generational Change? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


Are young people today politically 'apathetic'? Or are they democratically 'mature' citizens? This book examines several types of involvement to reveal changes in young people's political participation in Europe in recent decades. It uses various concepts of 'age' to compare participation across countries and over time.

Gema García-Albacete explores why being young, or having been socialized at the beginning of the 21st century, may affect political participation. She also develops the conceptual and empirical tools that let us compare political participation and the life stage of youth in an equivalent way across countries and over time. The study finds that political participation has not experienced a radical generational change, and that young people's life stage – and the timing and circumstances of their transition to adulthood – influences how they relate to the political world.

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Journal articles

2019, Adult roles and the gender gap in political knowledge: A comparative study. West European Politics. (With Mónica Ferrín and Marta Fraile). Supplementary file.

2019, Who Learns in Information Rich Contexts? The Informative Effects of the 2015 Spanish Electoral Campaign. International Journal of Press/Politics. (With Mónica Ferrín and Marta Fraile). Supplementary file.

2018,  Is it simply gender? Content, format and time in political knowledge measures Politics & Gender  14(2), p.162-185 (with Mónica Ferrín and Marta Fraile)  The piece is available here:

2017The gender gap in political knowledge: Is it all about guessing? An experimental approach. International Journal of Public Opinion Research 29(1) (with Mónica Ferrín and Marta Fraile)

2014, Using Twitter to mobilize protest action: Online mobilization patterns and action repertoires in the Occupy Wall Street, Indignados and Aganaktismenoi movements. Information, Communication & Society 18(2), 202-220 (With Yannis Theocharis, Will Lowe and Jan W. van Deth)

2013, Protest Activity, Social Incentives and Rejection Sensitivity: Results from a Survey Experiment about Tuition Fees. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest’, 1, 1-15 (with Enma Bäck and Hanna Bäck)

2013, Homemade Citizens: The Development of Political Interest During Adolescence and Young Adulthood. Acta Politica, 48, 92-116 (with Anja Neundorf and Kaat Smeets)

2010, The Saliency of Political Cleavages and the ‘Dark Sides’ of Social Capital: Evidence from Spain. American Behavioral Scientist, 53(5) 691-716

2008, Apatía política? Evolución de la implicación política de la juventud española desde los años 80. Revista de Estudios de Juventud, Special Issue 81: ‘Jóvenes en Europa: investigaciones sobre participación política’

2004, The Meaning and Importance of European Identity and its Relationship to Regional and National Identities in Spain Sociologica, Slovak Sociological Review, 36(3) 219-236 (with Héctor Grad, María Ros, and Myriam Rodríguez)

2004, The role of language skills and foreign country experiences in the development of European identity Sociologica, Slovak Sociological Review, 36(3), 273-292 (with Daniel Fuss and Myriam Rodríguez)

Book chapters

2018, ¿Protesta en las urnas? El voto de los jóvenes españoles en las Elecciones Europeas (2009-2014). In Torcal, Mariano (Ed.) Opinión pública y cambio electoral en España. Claves ante el reto Europeo y la crisis política y económica. Madrid: CIS (with Javier Lorente and Irene Martín)

2016, How does the Spanish crisis generation relates to politics? In Thijssen, P., Siongers, J., Van Laer, J. H. and Mels, S.(Eds.) Political Engagement of the Young in Europe, Youth in the Crucible. London: Routledge (with Javier Lorente and Irene Martín)

2016, Evaluación ciudadana de las políticas autonómicas de bienestar: educación y sanidad, 1998-2010. In Gallego, R. (Ed.) Descentralización y desigualdad en el estado autonómico. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch (with Fabiola Mota)

2014, Opportunities and challenges of analysing Twitter content. A comparison of the Occupation movements in Spain, Greece and the US. In Gibson, R., Cantijoch, M. and Ward, S. (Eds.) Analyzing social media data and Web networks: New methods for political science. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (with Yannis Theocharis)

2013, Promoting political interest in school: The role of civic education. In Abenschön, S. (Ed.) Growing into Politics: Contexts and Timing of Political Socialisation. Oxon: ECPR Press 

2010, La participación política de los jóvenes españoles en perspectiva comparada. In Torcal, M. (Ed.) La ciudadanía europea en el siglo XXI. Estudio comparado de sus actitudes, opinión pública y comportamiento políticos. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (with Irene Martín)


Manuscripts in progress

Coming soon! For now some working papers can be found [here]