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Immigrants’ Representation in Industrialized Democracies

Elections
Political Parties
Representation
Immigration
Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
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Abstract

In this paper I study immigrants’ descriptive representation in eight industrialized democracies. Using the Representation Index (Bloemraad 2013) I examine how well specific immigrant groups are represented in national parliaments. Furthermore, I investigate how the characteristics of electoral systems, political parties, and electoral districts affect immigrants’ access to power.