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Public Deliberation, Network Analysis and the Political Integration of Muslims in Britain

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian O'FlynnORCiD



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In this article, we examine the assumption that, insofar as actors deliberate well, political integration will follow. We do so specifically with respect to the political integration of Muslims in the field of ethnic relations in Britain, using data retrieved from two quality British broadsheets. Our approach has two components. First, we consider the quality of the deliberative interventions actors make, comparing Muslim actors with other actors. Second, we use measures drawn from network analysis to assess the level of political integration as indicated by the ties that those deliberative interventions forge. Our findings show that the link between how Muslim actors deliberate and their political integration in the field is more complex that one might assume. Although Muslims do not deliberate as well as normative deliberative theory says they should, empirically they are politically integrated, having forged diverse relationships that avoid the danger of polarisation.

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Author(s): Cinalli M, O'Flynn I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Year: 2014

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Pages: 428-451

Print publication date: 01/08/2014

Online publication date: 04/02/2013

Date deposited: 11/04/2013

ISSN (print): 1369-1481

ISSN (electronic): 1467-856X

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/1467-856X.12003


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