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Kaat Smets is Lecturer in Politics (Quantitative Methods) and co-coordinator of the Youth Politics Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her general research interests include political behaviour, elections, political sociology, comparative politics and research methods and she has had a special interest in youth and politics since writing her MA and PhD dissertations on related topics. Kaat’s work on the age gap in voter turnout, the development of political attitudes and behaviours over the life span, generational differences in political behaviour and the effects of deliberation on attitude change has appeared in journals such as European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Electoral Studies, European Union Politics, Acta Politica, Parliamentary Affairs, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. She has also co-edited a special issue of Res Publica – the political science journal of the Low Countries – on Youth and Politics. A short piece on the future political attitudes and levels of political behaviour of the millennial generation can be found on The MonkeyCage, the Washington Post political science blog. 

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