Title
Redistribution and ethnic diversity in the Netherlands: accomodation, denial and replacementRedistribution and ethnic diversity in the Netherlands: accomodation, denial and replacement
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Research group
Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multi-Level Politics (ACIM)
Publication type
article
Publication
Copenhagen,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Acta sociologica : journal of the Scandinavian Sociological Association. - Copenhagen, 1955, currens
Volume/pages
50(2007):4, p. 387-400
ISSN
0001-6993
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Redistributive policies concerning migrants in The Netherlands bear a striking degree of ethnic specificity. This characteristic seems to follow from the doctrine `integration with maintenance of own culture' that has long informed Dutch minority policies. However, both central and local governments stopped subscribing to this doctrine at least a decade ago, while ethnically specific policy arrangements have continued to grow. This article explains the anomaly from an administrative mechanism: the logic of categorization for policy-making contradicts the logic of policy implementation. The use of what we call `replacement categories' creates an administrative opportunity structure that unintentionally promotes ethnic fragmentation. We examine the workings of this mechanism in a case study of minority policy in The Netherlands
E-info
http://asj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/50/4/387