Projects per year
In Britain since the turn of the century there has been a proliferation of Muslim civil society organisations and an increase in the number of points of contact between Muslim spokespersons and UK government representatives. Yet this rising participation of Muslims in UK governance has been a source of fierce controversies relating to the role of conservative male leaderships and the influence of radical Islamic groups. Drawing on interviews with 40 national elites who have engaged in UK Muslim-government relations in the past decade, this article charts the emergence of national-level Muslim representation and assesses the effect on democratic participation and accountability. Building on the work of Michael Saward, we argue that unelected civil society representatives can act as an important supplement to elected representatives. We show how four modes of Muslim representation have emerged in the last decade – delegation, authority, expertise and election – creating dynamic competition among representative claims.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||British Journal of Politics and International Relations|
|Early online date||16 Jun 2014|
|Publication status||Published - May 2015|
- SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
FingerprintDive into the research topics of 'A ‘System of Self-appointed Leaders’? Examining Modes of Muslim Representation in Britain'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
- School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies - Head of School, Professor of Sociology
- Bristol Poverty Institute
- Migration Mobilities Bristol
- Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Person: Academic , Member, Professional and Administrative