Karen Bird, Thomas Saalfeld, Andreas M. Wüst (Eds.)

  The Political Representation of Immigrants and Minorities  
  Voters, Parties and Parliaments in Liberal Democracies vergrößerte Ansicht in neuem Fenster  
  Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science; 70  
  304 p., New York [u.a.] : Routledge, 2011  
  ISBN 978-0-415-49272-0  

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The book breaks new ground in the analysis of the political representation of immigrants and visible minorities both theoretically and empirically. It examines the upward trend in migrant and minority representation and demonstrates that there remain crucial differences across liberal democracies in the timing of these developments, in channels of access for minority representatives, in the policy focus and outcomes of minority representation, in the nature of the connections between minority representatives and minority communities and in the nature of their relationships with constituents at large. The volume will be divided in three main parts: Part I analyses immigrants and visible minorities as voters, who must be the starting point of any analysis of political representation. Part II deals with the stage of candidate selection within political parties, a crucial stage in the process of political representation, which is under-researched in the comparative study of visible-minority representation. Part III deals with immigrants and members of visible minorities, once elected to parliament and includes case studies on the Canadian Parliament, the US Congress, the German Bundestag and the United Kingdom Parliament. This original volume will of interest to students and scholars of migration and ethnicity studies and political science, especially those with an interest in political representation, democratic institutions, voting behaviour, party organisation, legislative behaviour and comparative politics.


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1  Ethnic Diversity, Political Participation and Representation: a Theoretical Framework
Karen Bird, Thomas Saalfeld, and Andreas M. Wüst
Part I  Immigrants and Members of Visible Minorities as Voters: Turnout and Party Choice
2 Voter Turnout amongst Immigrants and Visible Minorities in Comparative Perspective
3 Party Choices amongst Immigrants and Visible Minorities in Comparative Perspective Part
Part II Immigrants and Members of Visible Minorities as Candidates for Elective Office
4 New Citizens – New Candidates? Candidate Selection and the Mobilisation of Immigrant Voters in German Elections
Sara Claro da Fonseca
5 Minority Representation in Norway: Success at the Local Level, Failure at the National Level
Johannes Bergh and Tor Bjørklund
6 Ethnic Inclusion or Exclusion in Representation? Local Candidate Selection in Sweden
Maritta Soininen
7 Yes They Can: An Experimental Approach to Eligibility of Ethnic Minority Candidates in France
Sylvain Brouard and Vincent Tiberj
Part III Immigrants and Members of Visible Minorities as Legislators
8 Minority Representation in the US Congress
Jason Casellas and David Leal
9 Patterns of Substantive Representation Among Visible Minority MPs: Evidence from Canada’s House of Commons
Karen Bird
10 Presence and Behaviour: Black and Minority Ethnic MPs in the British House of Commons
Thomas Saalfeld and Kalliopi Kyriakopoulou
11 Migrants as Parliamentary Actors in Germany
Andreas M. Wüst
12 Epilogue: Toward a Strategic Model of Minority Participation and Representation
Thomas Saalfeld, Andreas M. Wüst and Karen Bird



Notes on Editors

Karen Bird is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, McMaster University, Canada.

Thomas Saalfeld is Professor of Political Science at the University of Bamberg, Germany.

Andreas M. Wüst is Research Fellow at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Germany.