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Multicultural Democracy and Immigrants Social Capital in Europe: Participation, Organisational Networks, and Public Policies at the Local Level.

A project funded by the EUROPEAN COMMISSION (1,199.774€)
Directorate General for Research, 6th Framework Programme (FP 6) Priority 7
Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge Based Society (w3)
Call “FP6-2004-Citizens-5” (w3)
Contract Number: CIT5-CT-2005-028802
Period: 1 February 2006 - 31 January 2009

Project Coordinator: Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Laura Morales

Universidad de Murcia, Spain (Dr. Laura Morales)
Université de Genève, Switzerland (Dr. Marco Giugni)
Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, France (Dr. Manlio Cinalli)
MTA Etnikai-nemzeti Kisebbségkutató Intézet, Hungary (Prof. Endre Sik)
Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy (Prof. Mario Diani)
University of Bristol, UK (Prof. Paul Statham)

University of Manchester, UK (Dr. Laura Morales)


Multicultural democracy is a form of democracy in which ethnic minorities participate in the democratic process of their host societies. The more ethnic groups engage in different forms of political participation and the more they trust their local political institutions, the greater the quality of the multicultural democracy will be. The main objective of this project is to study multicultural democracy at the local level by analyzing the level of political integration of immigrant residents, in its attitudinal and behavioural dimensions, in six European cities: Lyon (France), Budapest (Hungary), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Zurich (Switzerland), and London (United Kingdom). The main question for research is to what extent immigrants from different ethnic groups are politically integrated in the local life of their cities, and what explains the variations in the degree of political integration from one ethnic group to another. In order to answer these questions, our research will examine the impact that social inequality has on political inequality in terms of individual or micro-level attributes, collective organisation resources and political and discursive opportunity structures.

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