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date: 21 January 2020

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This article focuses on the incorporation of immigrants into urban politics, identifying the factors that work for and against immigrant political mobilization and incorporation. Some of these factors include the fragmentation of cultural and socioeconomic differences among the immigrant groups that have flowed into the largest and most-important cities of the rich democracies, and the unwillingness of the dominant political parties to recruit new constituencies. The article suggests that urban politics will probably always have a significant element of ethnic patronage, and that policy decisions will always be evaluated in part on the basis on the good or bad they do for different ethnic groups.

Keywords: immigrants, urban politics, political mobilization, socioeconomic differences, dominant political parties, ethnic patronage

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