A lasting impact? On the legislative activities of immigrant-origin parliamentarians in Germany

Wüst, Andreas M.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2014.907601
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1357233...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: The Journal of Legislative Studies
Volume: 20
Issue number: 4
Page range: 495-515
Place of publication: Abingdon
Publishing house: Routledge
ISSN: 1357-2334 , 1743-9337
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: The article analyses the degree of substantive representation by immigrant-origin MPs in Germany's national and state parliaments. To test the expectation that an immigration background increases the likelihood of engaging with migration-related topics, an analysis is undertaken of all parliamentary questions (PQs) formally asked by immigrant-origin MPs in Germany's national and state parliaments between 1987 and 2009. By controlling for several time-invariant and time-variant factors, the longitudinal analysis confirms that a visible immigration background results in asking more migration-related PQs. While several contextual, party-political and personal (career) factors influence the likelihood of asking such questions in parliament, there is no evidence for a decrease over time. Presence effects are significant and of lasting nature. This means that the parliamentary presence of immigrant-origin MPs with a visible background goes beyond sheer symbolic representation.

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