Just Ordinary Citizens?: Towards a Comparative Portrait of the Political Immigrant

Just Ordinary Citizens?: Towards a Comparative Portrait of the Political Immigrant

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Edited by Antoine Bilodeau
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
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Since the 1960s, the number of immigrants living in liberal democracies has been steadily rising. Despite the existence of numerous studies on social, economic, and geographic integration, few books have addressed the integration of immigrants into the politics of their host countries. When it comes to politics, are immigrants just ordinary citizens?

This edited collection considers the political integration of immigrants in a number of liberal democracies. Just Ordinary Citizens? offers a behavioural perspective on the political integration of immigrants, describing and analysing the relationships that immigrants develop with politics in their host countries. The chapters provide both unique national insights and a comparative perspective on the national case studies, while editor Antoine Bilodeau offers both a framework within which to understand these examples and a systematic review of more than 300 studies of immigrant political integration from the last sixty years.

Antoine Bilodeau is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University and a member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship.

Introduction (Antoine Bilodeau)

Part 1. Immigrant Political Integration in Western Democracies

Chapter 1. New Voters, Different Votes? A Look at the Political Participation of Immigrants in Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Anja van Heelsum, Laure Michon, and Jean Tillie)

Chapter 2. Is It Really Ethnic Voting? Ethnic Minorities in Local Elections in Brussels (Dirk Jacobs, Celine Teney, Andrea Rea, and Pascal Delwit)

Chapter 3. British Citizens like Any Others? Ethnic Minorities and Elections in the United Kingdom (Shamit Saggar)

Chapter 4. Does Prior Socialization Define Patterns of Integration? Mexican Immigrants and Their Political Participation in the United States (Michael Jones-Correa)

Chapter 5. How Strong Is the Bond? First and Second-Generation Immigrants and Confidence in Australian Political Institutions (Juliet Pietsch and Ian McAllister)

Chapter 6. How Much Do They Help? Ethnic Media and Political Knowledge in the United States (Chris Haynes and Karthick Ramakrishnan)

Chapter 7. Enabling Immigrant Participation: Do Integration Regimes Make a Difference? (Marc Helbling, Tim Reeskens, Cameron Stark, Dietlind Stolle, and Matthew Wright)

Part 2. Immigrant Political Integration in Canada

Chapter 8. Is There a Racial Divide? Immigrants of Visible Minority Background in Canada (Elisabeth Gidengil and Jason Roy)

Chapter 9. Do Younger and Older Immigrants Adapt Differently to Canadian Politics? (Stephen E. White)

Chapter 10. What Accounts for the Local Diversity Gap? Supply and Demand of Visible Minority Candidates in Ontario Municipal Politics (Karen Bird)

Chapter 11. Who Represents Minorities? Question Period, Minority MPs, and Constituency Influence in the Canadian Parliament (Jerome H. Black)

Conclusion (Antoine Bilodeau)

Just Ordinary Citizens? draws together findings on immigrants’ political participation, socialization, institutional engagement, and overall integration into politics. Readers of this volume will walk away with a sound and comprehensive understanding of the topic, as well as insights into the major studies and principal methodological approaches employed in the field.”

Erin Tolley, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

“This volume is a coherent and intellectually captivating contribution to the debate on immigrants’ political integration.”

Oliver Schmidtke, Centre for Global Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria