Age and Politics – Gothenburg Democracy Talks

All over the world, parliaments and cabinets are comprised of mainly middle-aged or old men. Only ten percent of parliamentarians globally, and three percent of cabinet members are age 35 or under. What does this mean for the engagement of young people in politics, the legitimacy of government and the direction of policy?

We have invited researcher Aksel Sundström to present the central findings from his new work Youth without Representation (together with Daniel Stockemer), outlining the extent, reasons and consequences of the absence of young adults in parliaments and cabinets. Also, we will present the results from our latest Youth Panel on age in politics. The seminar concludes with commentary and discussion by three eminent panellists.

The event is part of the IYTT public lunch event series Gothenburg Democracy Talks, at the School of Business, Economics & Law, Vasagatan 1, Gothenburg, “SEB-salen”. If you are unable to attend in person you may join us online. Please register below.

The 30 first attendees at SEB-salen will be treated to a sandwich & soda!



Welcome & Introduction
Urban Strandberg, Managing Director IYTT

Youth Without Representation: The Absence of Young Adults In Parliaments, Cabinets, and Candidacies
Aksel Sundström, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg

IYTT Youth Panel Results
Erik Toshach, Assistant Fellow, IYTT

Commentators’ Panel
Christina Rogestam, Vice-President of AGE Platform Europe. Previous Member of Swedish Parliament (the Centre Party), Director- General of the Swedish Immigration Board, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at University of Gothenburg and Chairperson of the Swedish Federation of Seniors.
Frida Tånghag, Member of the Swedish Parliament (the Left Party)
Jouman Tafnkji, Youth Fellow, IYTT

Q & A


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May 22 2023


12:00 - 13:00


School of Business, Economics & Law, Gothenburg


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