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Inclusion in Party Organisations

Diversity and Inclusion in Party Organisations DivPol.

Maritta Soininen is responsible for the Swedish part of this European project (2013-2014), involving seven member states. Funded by the European Commission (851 900 euro). 

In Europe the portion of the population made up of migrants, including those from third countries (TCN), is rising continually. This development presents political parties with new challenges. The parties are important players in the process of integrating migrants, as they are instruments of political integration and provide opportunities for political participation. Party-political influence is not just exercised through the right to vote, but also takes the form of possibilities for engagement in political parties and involvement in shaping their programmes. Party organisations are central venues and gate-keepers for mainstream political activity and representation. In a European perspective, moving towards a form of citizenship at the European level furthermore challenges the democratic deficit produced by the traditional, restrictive linkage between political citizenship and nationality. DivPol project analyses therefore the possibilities open to persons with migrant background for accessing, making career in and influencing major political parties, and the measures which the party organisations take to advance ethnic diversity in their own organizations. The study is carried out in seven member states seeks to identify contextual and institutional factors facilitating or hindering political inclusion and careers of migrant origin citizens in party structures and activities.

 

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