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Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe

Terri E. Givens and Rahsaan Maxwell, editors
Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe
ISBN: 978-1-58826-830-3
2012/179 pages/LC: 2011042447
"Essential and highly recommended reading for all those who study immigrant political integration."—Silvia Galandini, European Political Science

"Presenting an in-depth examination of a variety of electoral and policy-relevant issues ... Immigrant Politics makes an unequivocal contribution to the literature and outlines new directions for research, analysis, and comparison."—Boyka Stefanova, EUSA Review

"Provide[s] a foundation upon which future research on the political representation of Europe's immigrant-origin, ethnic minorities can and should go forward."—Anthony Messina, Reviews & Critical Commentary

"Reveals the character, aspirations, challenges, and complex politics that lie at the intersection of race and representation in Western Europe."—Erik Bleich, Middlebury College


Do ethnic minority politicians play a meaningful role in Western Europe? How do European publics feel about nonwhite politicians? How are political parties reaching out to ethnic minority communities, and how do those communities feel about their political influence?

Addressing these increasingly critical questions, the authors of Immigrant Politics explore the realities, possibilities, and problems of ethnic minority and migrant political participation in Western Europe. Their combination of thematic chapters and country studies provides a thorough overview of the politics of race and representation in the region.


Terri E. Givens is professor and provost at Menlo College. Her publications include Voting Radical Right in Western Europe and the coedited Immigration Policy and Security. Rahsaan Maxwell is associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is author of Integration Tradeoffs: Ethnic Minority Migrants in Britain and France.


  • Foreword—Alcee L. Hastings.
  • Ethnic Minorities and Political Participation in Europe—the Editors.
  • Political Parties and Diversity in Western Europe—J. Lawrence and R. Maxwell.
  • Race and Representation: The BME Shortlist Debates in Britain—J. Hampshire.
  • The Legacies of Colonialism: Migrant-Origin Minorities in French Politics—V. Geisser and E.Y. Soum.
  • Cautious Steps: Minority Representation in Germany—K. Schönwälder.
  • Successful Political Integration: Paradoxes in the Netherlands—L. Michon.
  • Race and Politics in the European Parliament—T.E. Givens and R.E. Case.
  • Prospects for Political Integration—M.A. Schain.