This article will examine the responses of young people to constitutional change in the
UK, with a focus on the emerging issues of rights and responsibilities. The reaction to
this change, in the form of the Labour government’s 2009 Rights and Responsibilities:
Developing our constitutional framework Green Paper, was largely negative, criticised by
young people as a top-down imposition of government-mandated constitutional reform.
Thus, the coalition government’s revised approach to the issue in the form of the Big Society
philosophy will be considered, and its potential to respond to these concerns assessed