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Adman, P. & Strömblad, P. (2018). Political integration in practice: explaining a time-dependent increase in political knowledge among immigrants in Sweden. Social Inclusion, 6(3), 248-259
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political integration in practice: explaining a time-dependent increase in political knowledge among immigrants in Sweden
2018 (English)In: Social Inclusion, ISSN 2183-2803, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 248-259Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scholarly findings suggest that immigrants in Western countries, in general, participate less in politics and show lower levels of political efficacy than native-born citizens. Research is scarce, however, when it comes to immigrants’ knowledge about politics and public affairs in their new home country, and what happens with this knowledge over the years. This article focuses on immigrants in Sweden, a country known for ambitious multicultural policies, but where immigrants also face disadvantages in areas such as labor and housing markets. Utilizing particularly suitable survey data we find that immigrants, in general, know less about Swedish politics than natives, but also that this difference disappears with time. Exploring the influence of time of residence on political knowledge, the article shows that the positive effect of time in Sweden among immigrants remains after controlling for an extensive set of background factors. Moreover, the article examines this political learning effect through the lens of an Ability–Motivation–Opportunity (AMO) model. The findings suggest that the development of an actual ability to learn about Swedish politics—via education in Sweden, and by improved Swedish language skills—is an especially important explanation for the increase in political knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cogitatio, 2018
Keywords
ability, education, immigrants, language skills, motivation, opportunity, political information, political knowledge, Sweden, time-related differences
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77215 (URN)10.17645/si.v6i3.1496 (DOI)000443123900009 ()
Available from: 2018-08-21 Created: 2018-08-21 Last updated: 2018-09-13Bibliographically approved
Adman, P. & Strömblad, P. (2018). Time for Tolerance: Exploring the Influence of Learning Institutions on the Recognition of Political Rights Among Immigrants. Comparative Migration Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Time for Tolerance: Exploring the Influence of Learning Institutions on the Recognition of Political Rights Among Immigrants
2018 (English)In: Comparative Migration Studies, ISSN 2214-8590, E-ISSN 2214-594XArticle in journal (Refereed) In press
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77216 (URN)
Available from: 2018-08-21 Created: 2018-08-21 Last updated: 2018-08-24
Adman, P. & Strömblad, P. (2017). Abandoning intolerance in a tolerant society: the influence of length of residence on the recognition of political rights among immigrants. Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Abandoning intolerance in a tolerant society: the influence of length of residence on the recognition of political rights among immigrants
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents and empirically evaluates the idea that individual level political tolerance is influenced by the overall tolerance in society. Hence, the expectation is that more politically tolerant attitudes would be developed as a consequence of exposure to a social environment in which people in general are more inclined to accept freedom of speech, also when the message (or the messenger as such) challenges one’s own values and beliefs. The theoretical base of the analyses is a learning model, according to which more broad-minded and permissive attitudes, from a democratic point of view, are adopted as a result of (1) an adjustment stimulated by mere observation of an overall high-level of political tolerance in society (‘passive learning’), and (2) an adjustment due to cognition and interaction within important spheres in society (‘active learning’). Using surveydata, we explore empirically how length of residence among immigrants in high-tolerance Sweden are related to attitudinal measures of political tolerance, and to what extent a time-related effect is mediated through participation in ‘learning institutions’ of education, working-life, civil society and political involvement. In concert with expectations, the empirical findings suggest that an observed positive effect of time in Sweden on political tolerance may be explained by a gradual adoption of the principle that political rights should be recognized. Such an adoption, however, seems to require participation in activities of learning institutions, as we find that passive learning alone is not sufficient.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies, 2017. p. 24
Series
Working paper series: Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies ; 2017:1
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economy, Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70300 (URN)
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-01-31Bibliographically approved
Strömblad, P. & Bengtsson, B. (2017). Collective Political Action as Civic Voluntarism: Analysing Ethnic Associations as Political Participants by Translating Individual Level Theory to the Organizational Level. Journal of Civil Society, 13(2), 111-129
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collective Political Action as Civic Voluntarism: Analysing Ethnic Associations as Political Participants by Translating Individual Level Theory to the Organizational Level
2017 (English)In: Journal of Civil Society, ISSN 1744-8689, E-ISSN 1744-8697, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 111-129Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents and empirically evaluates an analytical experiment in which we seek to translate individual-level explanations of differences in political participation to an organizational level. Utilizing the Civic Voluntarism Model, we analyse the consequences of voluntary associations’ politically valuable ‘resources’, ‘motivation’, and ‘recruitment networks’. Using data from a survey of ethnic associations in Stockholm, Sweden, results suggest that the overall logic of how associational-level political participation is encouraged resembles corresponding mechanisms on the individual level. We conclude that both our theoretical argument and empirical findings merit further analyses of civil society actors’ political participation with the approach taken in this study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
voluntary associations, ethnic associations, political participation, Civic Voluntarism Model (CVM), political resources, political motivation, political recruitment networks, Stockholm
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57634 (URN)10.1080/17448689.2017.1302912 (DOI)000419320200001 ()
Available from: 2016-10-26 Created: 2016-10-26 Last updated: 2018-04-04Bibliographically approved
Myrberg, G., Strömblad, P. & Bengtsson, B. (2017). Etniska föreningar och politisk integration. In: Bevelander, Peter & Mikael Spång (Ed.), Valdeltagande och representation. Om invandring och politisk integration i Sverige.: (pp. 141-182). Stockholm: Delegationen för Migrationsstudier
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Etniska föreningar och politisk integration
2017 (Swedish)In: Valdeltagande och representation. Om invandring och politisk integration i Sverige. / [ed] Bevelander, Peter & Mikael Spång, Stockholm: Delegationen för Migrationsstudier , 2017, p. 141-182Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Delegationen för Migrationsstudier, 2017
Series
Delmi Rapport ; 2017:7
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68288 (URN)978-91-88021-23-6 (ISBN)
Note

Kapitel i rapport

Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2018-05-08Bibliographically approved
Strömblad, P. (2017). EU Migration Policy and Regional Growth: Exploring prerequisites for political entrepreneurship and integration in ethnically diverse socities.. In: : . Paper presented at Uddevalla Symposium 2017..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>EU Migration Policy and Regional Growth: Exploring prerequisites for political entrepreneurship and integration in ethnically diverse socities.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67263 (URN)
Conference
Uddevalla Symposium 2017.
Available from: 2017-08-16 Created: 2017-08-16 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Adman, P. & Strömblad, P. (2016). Abandoning intolerance in a tolerant society: Explaining time related change in recognition of political rights among immigrants in Sweden. In: Presented at SWEPSA 2016: Uppsala University, Campus Gotland, October 19–21. Paper presented at SWEPSA 2016. Uppsala University, Campus Gotland, October 19–21..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Abandoning intolerance in a tolerant society: Explaining time related change in recognition of political rights among immigrants in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Presented at SWEPSA 2016: Uppsala University, Campus Gotland, October 19–21, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67253 (URN)
Conference
SWEPSA 2016. Uppsala University, Campus Gotland, October 19–21.
Note

Ej belagd 20171121

Available from: 2017-08-15 Created: 2017-08-15 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Strömblad, P. & Malmberg, B. (2016). Ethnic segregation and xenophobic party preference: Exploring the influence of the presence of visible minorities on local electoral support for the Sweden Democrats. Journal of Urban Affairs, 38(4), 530-545
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethnic segregation and xenophobic party preference: Exploring the influence of the presence of visible minorities on local electoral support for the Sweden Democrats
2016 (English)In: Journal of Urban Affairs, ISSN 0735-2166, E-ISSN 1467-9906, Vol. 38, no 4, p. 530-545Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a comprehensive analysis of the influence of the neighborhood-level presence of visible minorities on xenophobic party support. Drawing on previous research on support for xenophobic political parties in Europe, we explore variations in electoral preferences for the Sweden Democrats. We examine relationships between the presence of visible minorities at the neighborhood level, controlling for the level of unemployment and education both in terms of potentially additive and interactive effects. We find that increased exposure of visible minorities unambiguously leads to an increase in xenophobic voting if the district level of unemployment is high. Where unemployment is low the effect of increased exposure may instead lead to reduced xenophobic party support, due to complex interaction effects involving aggregate education level. The results are discussed in the light of possible public policy measures to combat unemployment in multicultural democracies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2016
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38843 (URN)10.1111/juaf.12227 (DOI)000387329700004 ()2-s2.0-84932133640 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2017-04-21Bibliographically approved
Strömblad, P. (2016). Political Entrepreneurs and immigrant's entrepreneurship. In: Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander and Daniel Silander (Ed.), Political Entrepreneurship: Regional Growth and Entrepreneurial Diversity in Sweden (pp. 149-170). Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political Entrepreneurs and immigrant's entrepreneurship
2016 (English)In: Political Entrepreneurship: Regional Growth and Entrepreneurial Diversity in Sweden / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander and Daniel Silander, Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, p. 149-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Keywords
Political entreprenurship Education University Young People
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Social Sciences, Political Science Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58125 (URN)9781785363498 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-11-14 Created: 2016-11-14 Last updated: 2017-04-19Bibliographically approved
Strömblad, P. & Bengtsson, B. (2015). Collective political action as civic voluntarism: analysing ethnic associations as political participants by translating individual level theory to the organizational level. Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collective political action as civic voluntarism: analysing ethnic associations as political participants by translating individual level theory to the organizational level
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents and empirically evaluates an analytical experiment, in which individual level explanations of differences in political participation are translated to an organizational level. Utilizing the ‘Civic Voluntarism Model’ of participation research, we analyse consequences of voluntary associations’ potentially politically valuable ‘resources’, ‘motivation’ and ‘recruitment networks’. We use unique data from a survey of ethnic associations in Stockholm, Sweden—which may be considered as particularly interesting since in Swedish integration policy such associations are expected to fulfil a formal political role. Estimating a series of regression models, our results suggest that the overall logic of how associational level political participation is encouraged resembles corresponding mechanisms on the individual level. We find that quite basic resources, such as the number of members in a given association, promote participation; also when motivation, as reflected in assessed importance of political influence, is accounted for. Similarly, the results confirm that access to political networks stimulates political participation among voluntary associations. We conclude that both our theoretical argument and empirical findings merit further analyses of ethnic associations as well as other collective actors' political participation in accordance with the approach taken in this study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2015. p. 22
Series
Working paper series: Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies ; 2015:6
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47677 (URN)
Available from: 2015-11-30 Created: 2015-11-30 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved
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