Public discourse on minorities: how discursive opportunities shape representative patterns in the Netherlands and the UK

Nermin Aydemir*, Rens Vliegenthart

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Abstract

Recent literature on discursive opportunities shows broad consensus on the importance of media communication in determining the success of minority mobilization. However, the impact of media discourse on formal forms of political participation is less clear. This article examines to what extent, if any, media coverage on immigrant minorities shapes the parliamentary activities of “minority representatives” in the Netherlands and the UK. We investigate whether salience and tone on minorities have impact on how often and in what ways minority members of parliament address ethnic and/or religious constituencies. To study this relationship between media coverage and parliamentary activity, we conduct two separate content analyses of parliamentary questions and newspapers between 2002 and 2012 in the Netherlands and the UK. Multivariate analyses reveal that a more negative tone in newspaper coverage results in more suppressive framing in the Dutch parliament. Our findings for the British case indicate a negative effect of media salience and minority presence on parliamentary salience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-251
Number of pages15
JournalNationalities Papers
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • discursive opportunities
  • minority
  • political representation
  • the Netherlands
  • the UK

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