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Getting Into Local Power. The Politics of Ethnic Minorities in British and French Cities. Studies in Urban and Social Change

  • ID: 3843419
  • Book
  • November 2005
  • Region: United Kingdom, France
  • 290 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Romain Garbaye presents a comparison of the politics of ethnic minorities in British and French cities, with a focus on the election of city councillors in Birmingham, Lille and Roubaix between 1980 and 2001. It shows that, while the Labour–run Birmingham City Council has co–opted a significant number of councillors of African–Caribbean and Asian background, the population of North African origins in Lille has obtained little or no representation. Roubaix represents an intermediate case, with the number of ethnic minority councillors increasing through the 1990s.

The book considers styles of political mobilization of ethnic minorities in the context of urban political systems, as well as the strategies used by party leaders to manage ethnic diversity in political competition. It analyses how ethnic and cultural diversity in urban societies translates into conflictual politics.

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List of Maps.

Foreword by Patrick Weil.

Series Editors′ Preface.



1 Historical Instititionalism and the Comparison of Local Cases Strategies of Management of Ethnic Conflict and Historical Institutionalism.

2 The British Policy Framework: Liberal Citizenship Regime, Depoliticization and the Race–Relationism of British Cities.

3 The French Policy Framework: Planned Migration, Xenophobic Politics, and Durable Political Exclusion.

4 Birmingham: Inner–City Labour Politics and Pluri–Ethnic Government.

5 Lille: Machine Politics and Exclusion of Minorities in the French Municipal System.

6 Roubaix: Inclusion Through Neighbourhood Groups and an Open Municipal Game.


Appendix: Interviews and Sources.



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Romain Garbaye
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