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Immigrant Political Participation in Europe: Comparing Different Forms of Political Action Across Groups

Pettinicchio, David, de Vries, Robert (2017) Immigrant Political Participation in Europe: Comparing Different Forms of Political Action Across Groups. Comparative Sociology, 16 (4). pp. 523-554. ISSN 1569-1322. E-ISSN 1569-1330. (doi:10.1163/15691330-12341436) (KAR id:62899)


This paper compares participation in different forms of political action between natives,immigrants and non-citizen immigrants using data from thirteen European countries across six waves of the European Social Survey. The authors highlight problems associated with previous categorizations of political action, and find that when political action is disaggregated and relative participation between groups is examined, that immigrants’ patterns of participation are not substantially different from those of natives. When comparing citizen immigrants to non-citizen immigrants, previous research has suggested that citizenship acts as a “ticket” to non-institutional, unconventional, confrontational forms of political action. The authors’ findings instead suggest a more complicated relationship between immigrant/citizenship status and preferences for political action since citizenship may facilitate participation in both so-called institutional and extra-institutional activities depending on the context of action.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/15691330-12341436
Uncontrolled keywords: immigration; political participation; civic engagement; political action; Europe;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Robert De Vries
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 12:34 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 04:44 UTC
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