Getting Into Local Power: The Politics of Ethnic Minorities by Romain Garbaye

By Romain Garbaye

This ebook offers a comparability of the styles of ethnic minority politics in British and French urban politics.A comparability of the participation of ethnic minorities in British and French citiesIncludes direct comparisons of specific towns Birmingham, Lille and RoubaixShows how ethnic and cultural variety interprets into political clash in several political systemsConsiders types of political mobilisation of ethnic minorities within the context of city political platforms, in addition to the concepts utilized by get together leaders and to control ethnic variety in political competitionAnalyses how ethnic and cultural range in city societies interprets into conflictual politicsEnhances our figuring out of neighborhood politics and of the evolution of political illustration in industrialised democracies

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Secondly, the stress on group particularism ignores the countervailing citizenship universalism that has also been at work in Britain. ( Joppke, 1999, p. 224) More convincing are works that emphasize institutional and political differences which, while durably entrenched, are also linked to clearly delimited periods, or policy cycles, resulting from specific conditions and determined in time. One such analysis that must be put forward is that Britain tended, on the whole, to depart from an ‘assimilationist’ attitude towards a more ‘pluralist’ style from the mid-1960s onwards (Castles, 1995).

The first element, the political geography of minority politics, is a structural determinant of minority politics in cities. The latter elements play a secondary role in explaining outcomes, compared to the other variables. In some cases they are important because they can amplify their effects, for instance if they channel the choice of a candidate towards one well-placed decision-maker. In sum, I focus on three types of variables: (1) national frameworks, consisting of history of immigration politics and central–local relations in each country; (2) local party politics; and (3) styles of local government.

First, as Patrick Weil and John Crowley (1994: 112) have seen, there is ‘no common British myth, widely shared across the spectrum of political opinion’. Accordingly, integration policy has been more driven by pragmatism than by principle, and its direction has at times been severely contested. Secondly, the stress on group particularism ignores the countervailing citizenship universalism that has also been at work in Britain. ( Joppke, 1999, p. 224) More convincing are works that emphasize institutional and political differences which, while durably entrenched, are also linked to clearly delimited periods, or policy cycles, resulting from specific conditions and determined in time.

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