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This publication provides a comparability of the styles of ethnic minority politics in British and French urban politics.A comparability of the participation of ethnic minorities in British and French citiesIncludes direct comparisons of specific towns Birmingham, Lille and RoubaixShows how ethnic and cultural range interprets into political clash in several political systemsConsiders types of political mobilisation of ethnic minorities within the context of city political structures, in addition to the options utilized by celebration leaders and to regulate ethnic variety in political competitionAnalyses how ethnic and cultural range in city societies interprets into conflictual politicsEnhances our knowing of neighborhood politics and of the evolution of political illustration in industrialised democracies

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Accordingly, integration policy has been more driven by pragmatism than by principle, and its direction has at times been severely contested. Secondly, the stress on group particularism ignores the countervailing citizenship universalism that has also been at work in Britain. ( Joppke, 1999, p. 224) More convincing are works that emphasize institutional and political differences which, while durably entrenched, are also linked to clearly delimited periods, or policy cycles, resulting from specific conditions and determined in time.

1969; Rex and Moore, 1967; Rex and Tomlinson, 1979). France also passed a law against racial discrimination in 1972, but with less emphasis on discrimination against extra-European immigrants, and, indeed, it has had a very limited impact up to now. It also proved virtually impossible to implement because it made racial discrimination a criminal offence, where the task of establishing proof of the crime lies with the prosecution. Arguably, this lack of enthusiasm for strongly enforced anti-discrimination laws on the part of French elites derived from the fact that those most concerned with the issue were pressure groups related to the Communist Party.

The chapter begins by transposing to the study of urban politics approaches derived from the politics of ethnically divided countries that argue that the elites of these countries have been able to use institutional arrangements to maintain the stability of their political systems. I suggest that patterns of minority participation in the three cities under discussion are largely shaped by the strategies of local elites, co-optation or absence of co-optation. I also ground the comparison in historical-institutionalist theory.

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