Group consciousness and political behavior
among citizens of immigrant origin: The case
of France

by Michalis Moutselos 

Working Papers WP 15-07
June 2015
ISSN 2192-2357 (MMG Working Papers Print)

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This paper explores various characteristics of political behavior of persons of immigrant origin in France (abstention and registration rates, degree of interest in politics and right-left self placement). Using newly available survey data that bypass data availability issues in that country, I conduct tests pertaining to the importance of ethnic voting and ethnic consciousness in political behavior. In particular, several potentially salient identities are selected for testing (Arab, Black, Muslim) and contrasted with the hypothesis of convergence between immigrant descendants and the rest of the French population. I find little evidence for an independent effect of potentially salient ethnic identities on political behavior, with the exception of being black from overseas territories.

Keywords: political behavior, immigrant minorities, ethnic voting, France  

Michalis Moutselos is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University’s Politics Department and a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Ethnic and Religious Diversity. His dissertation work explores the effect of urban policy in Western Europe on the propensity to experience violent anti-state rioting. His other academic interests include the political participation of immigrant descendants in Western Europe and urban social movements in France.