Political parties and diversity at the local level: A comparison between Berlin and Paris

Political parties and diversity at the local level: A comparison between Berlin and Paris

Daniel Volkert

Due to the increasing diversity of western states social actors and institutions are confronted with new challenges. Political parties are for two reasons especially affected. Firstly, one of their central functions is the representation of citizens in the legislative bodies. Secondly, political parties play a critical role in the political incorporation of individuals as they are central in the decision-making process as regards to social, political and economic issues.

Consequently, it can be asked how political parties cope with this diversity on the local level. With the help of a comparative case study, in Berlin and Paris, the project will investigate if and how challenges of diversity are being addressed by the main German and French popular parties in areas with a diverse population.