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European Cities, Municipal Organizations and Diversity

The New Politics of Difference


Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Maria Schiller
    Pages 1-26
  3. Maria Schiller
    Pages 27-76
  4. Maria Schiller
    Pages 111-155
  5. Maria Schiller
    Pages 157-202
  6. Maria Schiller
    Pages 233-244
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 245-254

About this book


This book challenges the prevailing view that local authorities are irrelevant in immigration policy-making. Presenting an in-depth ethnographic study of the recent implementation of local ‘diversity policies’ in the Netherlands, Belgium and United Kingdom, it identifies a new politics of difference, characterized by a ‘paradigmatic pragmatism’. Building on extensive fieldwork in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Leeds, the author shows that, rather than simply replacing an earlier politics of difference, local diversity policies combine ideals of multiculturalism, assimilation and diversity. She links these findings to the ongoing modernization and diversification of municipal authorities, and the impact of this transformation on the profile of the bureaucrats and their implementation of diversity policies. This thought-provoking work will appeal to students, researchers and practitioners engaged in the fields of immigration, diversity and multiculturalism. 


Immigration policy Integration Multiculturalism Assimilation Bureaucrats Local Cities Government State

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic DiversityGöttingenGermany

About the authors

Maria Schiller is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany.

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