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Immigrant Incorporation in Political Parties

Exploring the diversity gap, 1st Edition

Edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Iris Dähnke, Lea Markard


134 pages

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This book seeks to explore the potentialities of strengthening a new field of research within migration and diversity studies, that of immigrant incorporation in political parties. The point of departure of all the contributions to this volume is that there is what we call a ‘diversity gap’ between political parties as public representative organisations and diversity dynamics in democratic societies. Exploring the current strategies of political parties developing first conceptual frameworks, theoretical foundations and empirical hypothesis and approaches, this book examines case studies from four European countries: Germany, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Background, framework and focus of the special issue Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Iris Dähnke and Lea Markard

1. How do political parties deal with the "diversity gap"? Democratic deficits and party strategies Ricard Zapata-Barrero

2. Immigrants’ political claims in Portugal: confronting the political opportunity structure with perceptions and discourses Catarina Reis Oliveira and Isabel Estrada Carvalhais

3. Contested discourses on diversity and practices of diversity incorporation in political parties in Germany Lea Markard and Iris Dähnke

4. From participation to confinement: challenges for immigrants’ incorporation in political parties in Spain Flora Burchianti and Ricard Zapata-Barrero

5. Exploring the reasons for migrant under-representation in Irish electoral politics: the role of Irish political parties Peter Szlovak

About the Editors

Ricard Zapata-Barrero is Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. His main research deals with contemporary issues of diversity in liberal democracy, especially the relationship between democracy, citizenship, human mobility and immigration. He is a member of the Board of Directors of IMISCOE, the largest research network on Immigration in Europe.

Iris Dähnke is a member of the scientific staff of the Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands, based in Hamburg, Germany. Within this role, she is responsible for the scientific management and implementation of numerous transnational projects on topics surrounding both migration and integration. She is an M.A. graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.

Lea Markard is a member of the scientific staff of the Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands, based in Hamburg, Germany. Her academic focus is on migration, gender, and antidiscrimination. She has studied at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, the Universität Potsdam, Germany, and Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA.

About the Series

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General