Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics

The UBC Department of Political Science’s Distinguished Speaker Series and the UBC Institute for European Studies present a talk by    

Prof. Rafaela M. Dancygier, Princeton University “Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics”

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Abstract:  When, why and how do political parties include groups who provoke opposition from core voters? And what are the consequences of inclusion for the nature of party politics? Dancygier’s current book project, Dilemmas of Inclusion, on which this talk is based, introduces new arguments and original evidence to answer these questions in the context of Muslim electoral incorporation in Europe. It focuses in particular on the dilemmas faced by the Left: Left parties are typically agents of inclusion, but how do parties committed to secular, progressive values incorporate groups whose views about religion, sexuality and gender equality deviate considerably from the party line?  The book thus addresses how the multicultural dilemma – the tensions faced by liberal states that recognize internally illiberal cultural groups – plays out in the electoral sphere, and it reveals how parties in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the UK are resolving these dilemmas.

Rafaela Dancygier is assistant professor of Politics and Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2007. Dancygier specializes in comparative politics, with a focus on the implications of ethnic diversity in advanced democracies. Her work has examined the domestic consequences of international immigration, the political incorporation and electoral representation of immigrant-origin minorities, and the determinants of ethnic conflict. Her publications include Immigration and Conflict in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2010) — winner of the APSA’s award for the best book in European Politics and Society — and articles in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, and World Politics.