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  • Peter ScholtenEmail author
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Abstract

The concept of alienation has its roots in the critical tradition. In this perspective, political alienation is all about inequalities. Translated to inequalities in terms of policy processes, this means the introduction of the selective mobilization of biases in policy processes. Several of such selective mobilization of biases were discussed in this chapter, including a bias concerning migrant groups and organizations, organized interests (client politics), and gender. Furthermore, it was discussed how patterns of politicization and depoliticization can promote or mitigate such mobilization of biases. Depoliticization can reinforce selective mobilization around organized interests, whereas politicization (such as driven by the rise of populism) can generate a policy dynamic whereby migration and diversity become issues of symbolic politics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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