Rafaela M. Dancygier is associate professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. She is the author of Immigration and Conflict in Europe.
This book is a most welcome addition to the social science literature on contemporary European politics specifically, and minority political representationin electoral politics generally. In terms of political responsibility, it aptly shifts the blame away from European Muslims.---Fatma Muge Gocek, Social Forces Winner of the 2018 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research, International Science Council With a sophisticated analysis of thousands of elections in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom, [Rafaela Dancygier] shows that European political parties have been ruthlessly pragmatic in attracting Muslim votes.---Andrew Moravcsik, Foreign Affairs Dilemmas of Inclusion makes an outstanding contribution to understanding the political incorporation of Muslims in Europe. Dancygier's empirical research is compelling, quite meticulous, and very informative. Her excellent book will be very widely read. --Thad Dunning, University of California, Berkeley This is a major work. Dancygier brings out a poignant paradox. Mobilization of Muslim voters reinforces the power of imams and the mosque in Muslim communities. The result puts political parties, particularly on the Left, in a bind. On the one side, their core constituencies are committed to a cosmopolitan, egalitarian outlook; on the other, religious leaders of Muslim communities are committed to patriarchal, restrictive values. --Paul Sniderman, Stanford University What a timely, prescient book! Dancygier argues that above all, the political inclusion of Muslim candidates is a numbers game of vote maximization, with party ideology or multicultural ideals secondary. This carries unsettling consequences for women's representation and Left parties' platforms. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the volatility of contemporary politics. --Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley Dancygier offers a compelling account of the dilemmas European parties face as they struggle to incorporate Muslim minorities that challenge their ideology. Combining rigorous empirical investigations with theoretical insight, she eloquently shows how electoral concerns dominate party strategies of inclusion, with implications for electoral coalitions and volatility and the political representation of women. --Claire L. Adida, coauthor of Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies Dilemmas of Inclusion brilliantly weaves a tapestry of electoral competition in Western Europe amid a rising tide of Muslim voters. Exposing the challenge of the political Left, Dancygier shows how the Left's ideological foundations begin to crumble when they seek to attract voters who reject liberal social commitments to gender equality. Filled with stories, data, and empathy, this is a book that illuminates one of the great dilemmas of Western democratic development. --David D. Laitin, Stanford University