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Politics of young citizens is selectively progressive

Wednesday, December 14, 2022


This should make it easier to advance and defend progressive positions on issues such as abortion, education and inheritance -- as well as protections for the LGBTQI+ community. However, in some regions they are less tolerant of other belief systems, and may be less likely to support democracy.


  • Elite manipulation of religious divisions will prevent an improvement in religious tolerance, especially in South Asia.
  • There will be stronger support for proactive measures to promote women’s rights but more in wealthier economies.
  • The lack of support for democracy among younger people in Africa may embolden authoritarian leaders and facilitate further backsliding.
  • Low religious tolerance in some nations raises the risks of inter-communal violence, especially young men perpetrating large-scale clashes.

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