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Strangers No MoreImmigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe$
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Richard Alba and Nancy Foner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161075

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161075.001.0001

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Entering the Precincts of Power

Entering the Precincts of Power

(p.143) Chapter 7 Entering the Precincts of Power
Strangers No More

Richard Alba

Nancy Foner

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the political integration of immigrant groups. Entry into the inner precincts of power is a paramount indicator of the overall inclusion of newcomer groups. Indeed, the ability of politicians from immigrant backgrounds to be elected to office is the gold standard for political inclusion, bringing rewards of societal power and a voice in political decisions. The chapter then provides data on the success of immigrant-origin groups in winning positions in local, regional, and national legislatures in the six countries of this book's study; probes the factors that explain the differences in electoral representation; and considers whether, and to what degree, convergences in national laws and policies have reduced the importance of national differences in political integration and may continue to do so in the future.

Keywords:   political integration, immigrant politicians, political inclusion, societal power, immigrant-origin groups, electoral representation, immigrant groups

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