Incorporation beyond cleavages? Parties, candidates and Germany's immigrant-origin electorate


Wüst, Andreas M.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09644008.2016.1172066
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/096440...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/304251982...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: German Politics
Volume: 25
Issue number: 3
Page range: 414-432
Place of publication: Philadelphia, PA ; Ilford
Publishing house: Routledge, Taylor & Francis ; Cass
ISSN: 0964-4008 , 1743-8993
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This article is an attempt to shed more light on the relationship between parties and immigrants. The focus of the empirical analyses is on candidates and issues as linkage mechanisms between parties and voter groups. The results do not only point to some changes in this relationship, but also to a few elements that indicate a specific representational bond between the immigrant-origin electorate and immigrant-origin politicians. This finding corroborates the ‘politics of presence’ hypothesis by Anne Phillips, but rather as a complementary element of political representation than as a substitute. There are significant differences in some migration-related policy positions of native politicians and of those of immigrant origin – in all parties. Irrespective of the specific voter–candidate relationship among the immigrant-origin population, the analyses in this article strongly support the traditional, party-centred ‘politics of ideas’ approach. Consequently, the political integration of immigrants and their descendants can be characterised as a more general process across parties, and this process is expected to linger on.

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Wüst, Andreas M. (2016) Incorporation beyond cleavages? Parties, candidates and Germany's immigrant-origin electorate. German Politics Philadelphia, PA ; Ilford 25 3 414-432 [Article]


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