Political Participation Unconditioned by Inequality and Discrimination: The Case of Minorities-within-Minorities in Israeli-Arab Mixed Municipalities

Itai Beeri, Mansur Saad

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Abstract

Against the backdrop of rising migration rates, the number of mixed communities in Western states has been growing. Such communities are populated not only by members of a national majority and national minority, but often, also by minorities-within-minorities. This study examines perceptions towards the equitableness of local policy, feelings of discrimination and participation in local politics among minorities and minorities-within-minorities in Israeli-Arab mixed municipalities comprised of Muslims, Christians or Druze, where most of the surrounding population is Jewish. The results confirm that among Israeli-Arabs in general, a perception of local policy as highly inequitable and a strong sense of local discrimination are both related to increased participation in local politics. However, among minorities-within-minorities this relationship did not obtain. Implications of the findings are developed and discussed in the context of local governance, communal abstention from local decision-making processes and the danger of illegitimate political behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1526-1549
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume40
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Oct 2014

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Keywords

  • Discrimination
  • Israeli-Arab Mixed Municipalities
  • Local Political Participation
  • Minorities-within-Minorities
  • Municipal Policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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