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Party preferences and political participation: the emergence of the Turkish-origin German voter

  • Vera Eccarius-Kelly

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    (Political Science Department, Siena College, SH 425, Loudonville, NY 12211, New York, USA.)

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    The article examines trends in voting preferences and voting behavior of Turkish-origin German voters. Despite only rep-resenting a small percentage of the total German electorate, Turkish-origin voters are gaining an opportunity to shape the future political landscape. While the Social Democrats have benefited most directly from the minority constituency so far, this author suggests that the Green Party is poised to attract the younger, better educated, and German-born seg-ment of the Turkish-origin voters. All other dominant na-tional parties have ignored this emerging voting bloc, and missed opportunities to appeal to Turkish-origin voters by disregarding community-specific interests.

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    Article provided by Transnational Press London, UK in its journal Migration Letters.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 21-40

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    Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:5:y:2008:i:1:p:21-40
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