The integration trade-offs of political representation

Rahsaan Maxwell

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    This article examines the trade-offs between social and political integration by analysing migrant political representation on municipal councils in Britain and France. The argument is that social integration may allow migrants to interact with the mainstream population but it also reduces the capacity to form effective group mobilisation. In turn, less mobilisation reduces the likelihood of electing co-ethnics. In comparison, social segregation may increase separation from mainstream society but it also increases effective group mobilisation. In turn, more group mobilisation increases the capacity to elect co-ethnics.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)467-478
    Number of pages12
    JournalEuropean Political Science
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 2013


    • Britain
    • France
    • immigrant integration
    • political representation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Political Science and International Relations


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