Colorful or colorless? Local parties defending ethnic minority interests

  • Bram Wauters Ghent University, Department of Political Sciences
  • Floor Eelbode Ghent University, Department of Political Sciences
  • Karen Celis Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Keywords: representation, ethnic minorities, local politics, Belgium, parties

Abstract

We investigate to what extent local political parties have attention for ethnic minority interests. We are interested in whether party-related or context-related variables lead to higher levels of attention to ethnic minority interests. Our analysis is based on a broad scale survey among local party chairs in Belgium. The results show that mainly party-related variables explain variance in attention for ethnic minority interests: leftist parties and active parties are more likely to defend these interests. The presence of ethnic minority people in a party does not have a significant effect once we control for factors at the municipality level.

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2018-07-30
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