Minority Representatives' in the Netherlands: Supporting, Silencing or Suppressing?

Nermin Aydemir*, Rens Vliegenthart

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This article focuses on how often and in what ways 'minority representatives' address cultural and/or religious rights and freedoms by analysing parliamentary questions between 2002 and 2012. The research first analysed to what extent, if any, Member of Parliaments of minority origin highlight minority-related issues in their parliamentary questions. Thereafter, it analysed the content of those questions in more detail. Unlike much previous research, we did not take a favourable content for granted. The idea of 'suppressive representation' was introduced to describe those cases in which 'minority representatives' were restrictive towards cultural and/or religious freedoms of 'immigrant minorities'. Representation patterns show differences across group-and individual-level identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-92
Number of pages20
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Content analysis
  • Minority
  • Political representation
  • Supportive and suppressive representation
  • The Netherlands


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