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SILVA, Eduardo  e  SILVA, Carmen. Political Economy and Youth Motivations of Socio-Political Participation: An Interpretation of the Findings From Martínez, Silva and Hernández (2010). Psykhe [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.2, pp.39-50. ISSN 0718-2228.

The article by Martínez, Silva, and Hernández (in this issue) argues that Chilean youth have disengaged from participation in conventional socio-political institutions because they believe that the sociopolitical system does not validate the persons, violates their rights, is highly inequitable, and excludes them from having a real voice in public decision-making. This perception clashes with their values of fraternity and a just and dignified development for everyone. This essay examines if these beliefs have a real basis in the structure and logic of the economic and political model they criticize. This issue is analyzed from a political economy perspective, built on the assumption that economic and political structures determine social subjects, their interests, and their relative power. A direct association was found between the logic of Chile's political-economic model and the feelings of exclusion that the interviewees expressed.

Palavras-chave : citizenship; youth; political participation; values; economy.

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