This 18-month project, funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals, focuses on diversity in political parties’ programmes, organisation and representation. It builds on MPG’s previous work with political parties. In particular, MPG’s benchmarking tool on diversity within political parties will serve as the indicators framework in this new project.
The aim of the project is to initiate, assess and support diversity development processes with regard to ethnic diversity in major political parties in member states. The project both raises awareness and develops practical tools to promote diversity development in parties, particularly at the national level, and enhances the chances of participation for third-country nationals (TCNs) in parties. Parties are central agents of societal development and have a responsibility to incorporate diversity and influence the development of related issues in all areas of society. Improving participation opportunities for TCNs in party politics is essential to increasing the influence of TCNs in decision-making processes and their place as agents in the democratic system.
The objectives will be achieved by means of a transnational comparison of participation opportunities and assessment of diversity within political parties, the development of specific strategy and policy recommendations and self-assessment indicators to assess and enhance diversity in parties. In seven participating countries a university/research centre/NGO is involved and cooperates with major political parties and migrant organisations (30 people directly involved). On-going exchange and participation of TCNs, political stakeholders and representatives of civil society organisations is at the core of the project methodology. MPG, as a supranational partner, strengthens the project’s European perspective.
The political parties involved in the project include the following:
The project is led by the Eutin branch of the Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands (Germany). Partners include the Center for International Relations (Poland); the department of political science at the University of Stockholm; the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Immigration (GRITIM) at Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Spain); the Instituto Psicoanalitico per le Richerche Sociali (Italy); the Integration Centre (Ireland); and the Alto Comissariado para a Imigração e Diálogo Intercultural – ACIDI (Portugal).