The Politics of Mainstreaming: The Rationale Behind Mainstreaming

  • Ilona van Breugel
  • Peter Scholten


This chapter will zoom in on ‘how’ and ‘why’ immigrant integration policies are mainstreamed across France, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the UK and at the EU level. Highlighting the rationale behind mainstreaming, and the factors that promote or rather inhibit governments to mainstream integration governance. This chapter shows that despite the broad and open framing of mainstreaming efforts the development of mainstreaming often turns out to be driven by politicization and retrenchment rather than efforts to adopt policies to a superdiverse setting. This applies particularly to mainstreaming efforts at the national level.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilona van Breugel
    • 1
  • Peter Scholten
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculteit der Sociale WetenschappenErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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