1st Edition

Diversity in Local Political Practice

Edited By Karen Schönwälder Copyright 2021
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    In what ways do local authorities respond to the increasing socio-cultural heterogeneity of urban populations? While other studies have often focused on policy declarations, the eight chapters in this book provide rich evidence on the content and implementation of local policies. Furthermore, several chapters offer theoretical insights into the factors driving or hindering policies that acknowledge socio-cultural heterogeneity and ensure more equality and inclusive public services.

    The general focus of the book is on cities in France and Germany, that is, two major immigration countries in Europe - countries in which local authorities have a relatively strong position within the state structure. The contributions analyze how local actors use their powers to ensure more equal public employment, adapt cultural offers and recreational facilities to the demands of a diverse population, and/or to fight discrimination. Further chapters investigate who takes part in formulating policies and seek to explain why cities take different decisions about strategies and practices. As a whole, the book contributes to the comparative study of societal diversity and local politics in France and Germany, and will be of interest to academics, researchers, and advanced students of Sociology, Public Policy, Law, and Political Science.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    Introduction: Diversity in local political practice

    Karen Schönwälder

    1. Colour-blind diversity: how the "Diversity Label" reshaped anti-discrimination policies in three French local governments

    Laure Bereni, Renaud Epstein and Manon Torres

    2. Workforce diversity policies in practice: drivers and barriers in local administrations

    Christine Lang

    3. The local turn in integration policies: why French cities differ

    Anouk Flamant

    4. What explains diversity-policy adoption? Policy entrepreneurs and advocacy coalitions in two French cities

    Michalis Moutselos

    5. Externalization or imitation: the 2015–16 asylum-seeker immigration as a catalyst for local structural change

    Miriam Schader

    6. A relational approach to local immigrant policy-making: collaboration with immigrant advocacy bodies in French and German cities

    Maria Schiller, Julia Martínez-Ariño and Mireia Bolíbar

    7. Cultural policies mixing commonality and difference? The case of public libraries in French cities

    Alexandre Tandé

    8. The accommodation of Muslim body practices in German public swimming pools

    Ines Michalowski and Max Behrendt


    Karen Schönwälder is Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, and Professor of  Political Science at Göttingen University.