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Muslims in European politics: support for democracy and trust in the political system

Pamela Irving Jackson and Peter Doerschler

in Benchmarking Muslim well-being in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428875
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307716 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428875.003.0004
Muslims in European politics: support for democracy and trust in the political system

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The relationship between citizens and their political system raises fundamental questions about the nature of democracy, including government legitimacy and chances for equal representation. Amid growing fears that a radicalized Islam is spreading across Europe, the relationship between Muslims and European political systems has garnered special attention among scholars and government officials, especially as higher fertility rates will likely enhance Muslims’ future political power. Responding to concerns about the incompatibility between Islam and democracy, we combine a thorough review of previous scholarly literature with analyses of survey data to examine the relationship between Muslims and Europe's democratic political systems. Attitudinally, we find that, counter to conventional wisdom, Muslims exhibit equal or greater levels of support and trust in democracy and most institutions of government than non-Muslims. This finding is consistent across the four states. Behaviourally, we find that Muslims are generally less well incorporated than non-Muslims in terms of their voter turnout and representation in public office. We discuss a number of reasons for this gap in representation, focusing in particular on closed institutional structures such as rigid integration policies and citizenship laws that limit greater political incorporation.

Keywords: Trust in democracy; Political integration; Voter turnout; Citizenship; Representation

Chapter.  8794 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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