The political incorporation of South Asian elites in Britain

Saggar, Shamit (2001) The political incorporation of South Asian elites in Britain. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2 (2). pp. 207-226. ISSN 1488-3473

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Abstract

The article centres on the debate about the political importance of ethnic minorities and focuses on, first, the political participation of British South Asians at large and, second, the political activities of Asian elites specifically. Following a review of the evidence relating to mass electoral-based participation, the article then highlights the role played by Asian political elites in both setting and responding to the terms of the evaluative debate. A third section deals with the question of how Asian elites¿political and other¿respond to the key ideological positions of Britain's main political parties. This reopens the question of Asian political distinctiveness and how elites may contribute to debates about so-called Asian values in politics. The artcile concludes with a brief discussion of elite-based versus mass electoral-based strategies for achieving enhanced political leverage in the British system.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper appears in a fully refereed international journal. The publication uses data from the British Election Study, and specifically from the innovative ethnic minority booster survey (which the author directed), to examine in detail the political attitudes and behaviour of South Asian voters. It also looks at elite activity in social, business and other sectors. The article's theoretical focus is grounded in the author's theory of ethnic-related political behaviour, arguing that ethnicity shapes political outlook and choice to a much smaller degree than previously understood. The publication is an important contribution to the recent literature on the political integration of post-war immigrant groups from the New Commonwealth.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Shamit Saggar
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:31
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2012 10:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26384
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