English title: Why they lack support: The effect of perceived policy responsiveness on the political support of ethnic minorities in 14 heterogeneous European countries

Author(s): Miriam Hänni -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2014


A lack of responsiveness towards ethnic minorities is not only problematic from a normative point of view, but has far-reaching political consequences. It directly endangers the stability of a democracy as under-represented groups tend to see the system as less legitimate and to lose trust in its institutions. Building on Easton's concept of political support, this paper focuses on the political support of ethnic minorities. Based on data from the sixth wave of the European Social Survey it assesses the role of substantive and descriptive representation as well as of winning and losing for ethnic minorities' political support in 14 European countries. The findings suggest that while substantive representation increases the level of political support among all individuals from ethnic minority groups, it is most important for individuals who are otherwise not well represented in the political system - i.e. for individuals whose ethnic group is not adequately represented in parliament.

Conference name: 23rd IPSA (International Political Science Association) World Congress

Location: Montreal

Start date: Jul 19, 2014

Type: Paper

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