Immigrant Political Incorporation in Comparative Perspective
December 5 - 6, 2008
This is closed to the public.
The goal of the workshop is to develop the
next step in the social science analysis on immigration
to western democratic states. Scholars in this field have
recently developed a rich literature of case studies of
particular groups, locations, or political activities.
Building on this work by defining terms, generating
testable hypotheses, and addressing questions of
measurement, causation, consequences, and comparison,
the workshop’s goals are ambitious: how to
leverage particular insights to develop a few broad
theories capable of shaping the field of immigrant
political incorporation in western nations, and thereby
to help orient the collective research agenda. The
conference participants will consider a variety of issues:
What does "immigrant political incorporation"
encompass? What are the mechanisms of political
incorporation, and what are the mechanisms that
block or distort it? With whom and under what
circumstances do immigrants form political coalitions?
How does immigrant political incorporation now
resemble or differ from immigrant political incorporation
a century ago? How does political incorporation
map onto social, economic, and cultural incorporation?
Which differences across countries—such as demography,
political structure, and national culture—have the
biggest impact on different pathways toward immigrant
incorporation or its failure? Despite their important
differences, are there similarities across nations in how
immigrants can be successfully brought into the
political system? The event will bring together about
twenty scholars, including social scientists engaged in
the study of immigration as well those whose research,
though not specifically focused on immigration issues,
may shed light on the processes by which new groups
and actors become politically incorporated.