We investigate to what extent local political parties have attention for ethnic minority interests. We are interested in whether party-related or context-related variables lead to higher levels of attention to ethnic minority interests. Our analysis is based on a broad scale survey among local party chairs in Belgium. The results show that mainly party-related variables explain variance in attention for ethnic minority interests: leftist parties and active parties are more likely to defend these interests. The presence of ethnic minority people in a party does not have a significant effect once we control for factors at the municipality level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-430
Number of pages18
JournalLex Localis - Journal of Local Self-Government
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

    Research areas

  • Belgium, Ethnic minorities, Local politics, Parties, Representation

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