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Muslim Political Participation in Europe$
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Jorgen S. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.001.0001

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Muslims and Electoral Politics in Britain: the Case of the Respect Party

Muslims and Electoral Politics in Britain: the Case of the Respect Party

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(p.298) (p.299) Chapter 15 Muslims and Electoral Politics in Britain: the Case of the Respect Party
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Muslim Political Participation in Europe
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Timothy Peace

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.003.0015

This chapter examines Muslim political participation in Britain through a case study of the Respect Party. An overview of the party’s development and electoral progress is presented as well as an explanation of the specific context in which it has achieved success in areas of the country with a significant Muslim population. Constituencies with high numbers of Muslim residents have in the past represented ‘safe seats’ for the Labour Party. The chapter explains how the Respect Party has played a key role in drastically reducing this support. It also shows how Respect has changed the ‘rules of the game’ and forced mainstream parties to re-think their electoral strategies in response to its success. It is argued that relationships with civil society organisations have been one of the crucial factors in helping Respect to achieve its electoral victories.

Keywords:   Respect, Elections, Galloway, Muslims, Labour, London, Birmingham, Bradford, Politics

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