Majority members' feelings about political representation of muslim immigrants

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In three survey experimental studies among national samples of the native Dutch, we examined feelings towards Muslim immigrants' political party representation. The strategy of disengagement (reject political representation) was evaluated most positively, followed by the descriptive representation strategy (participate as Muslims in existing political party). The group representation strategy (participate in the existing political system with a Muslim party) was evaluated most negatively. Furthermore, participants who perceived higher group-based power threat had more negative feelings towards political representation of Muslim immigrants, but less so towards disengaged immigrants. In addition, negative feelings were stronger towards Muslim versus Christian immigrants and this difference was somewhat more pronounced for the group representation and descriptive representation strategy compared to political disengagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-269
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


  • Immigrants
  • Multiculturalism
  • Political representation
  • Power threat


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