There are relatively few books that provide comparative analysis of European cities in relation to immigrants and political participation. This fresh and insightful volume, from the same team that published Multicultural Policies and Modes of Citizenship in European Cities in 2001, analyzes how the presence of immigrants is perceived in politics, how this affects their status and how far minorities are able to (politically) participate in European cities. The comparative studies address the influence of (minority) politics, as well as that of migrant mediators and ethnic organizations on the participation of minorities. There are a variety of case studies from northern and southern Europe, offering insights into countries that differ in their modes of citizenship. The volume will be of specific interest to scholars, researchers and policy makers in migration, citizenship and multiculturalism, as well as a more general audience of sociologists, political sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and social geographers.
’This book offers exciting new research on a subject of highest relevance for the future of the city. It sets new standards in methodological and analytical terms by offering a series of rigorously designed comparisons within and across European countries. The results are surprising and will stimulate research for years to come.’ Professor Andreas Wimmer, University of California Los Angeles, USA ’This collection is a valuable addition to expert literature…an excellent volume…’ Ethnic and Racial Studies
Contents: Introduction: European cities and their new residents, Rinus Penninx, Karen Kraal, Marco Martiniello and Steven Vertovec; The politics of minority-majority relations: how immigrant policies developed in Paris, Berlin and Zurich, Hans Mahnig; Ethnic minority local councillors in French and British cities: social determinants and political opportunity structures, Romain Garbaye; Comparing local policies toward migrants: an analytical framework, a typology and preliminary survey results, Michael Alexander; Do immigrant policies matter? ethnic civic communities and immigrant policies in Amsterdam, Liège and Zurich, Meindert Fennema and Jean Tillie; Top-down and bottom-up reconsidered: the dynamics of immigrant policies in local civil society, M. Margarida Marques and Rui Santos; Migrants as mediators in a comparative perspective, Damian Moore; Integration processes and policies: state of the art and lessons, Rinus Penninx and Marco Martiniello; Index.
The Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations series has been at the forefront of research in its field for over ten years. The series has built an international reputation for cutting edge theoretical work, for comparative research, particularly on Europe, and for nationally-based studies with broader relevance to international issues. Published in association with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), Utrecht University, it draws contributions from the best international scholars in the field, offering an interdisciplinary perspective on some of the key issues facing the contemporary world.