Published: January 2015
Author(s): Paul Chaney

A quarter of a century ago a UK-wide study concluded that 'non-white access to the political agenda in Britain remains minimal and problematic'. Contemporary analysis suggests that for some this is still the case. It states there remains 'worrying evidence that ... citizens of Black Caribbean heritage do not feel that the British political system has treated them fairly ... A just and well-functioning democracy requires that all citizens have fair access to the political arena'. The academic literature also underlines that 'ethnicity is a social construct specific to a social and historical context'; thus a key question that this...