Published: 9th Feb 2011

In his recent speech at the Munich security conference, Prime Minister David Cameron criticised multiculturalism for ‘encouraging different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream’, which he suggests has contributed to the emergence of extremist views. Proclaiming the failure of multiculturalism, Cameron calls for a ‘shared sense of national identity’ and efforts to promote ‘that feeling of belonging in our communities that is key to achieving true cohesion’. But new research published by CLES, entitled Where next for ethnic diversity policy-making at the local level?, argues that whilst shared values and interaction between communities play a role in the social and economic functioning of place, they are not cure-alls: tackling social and economic inequality is the foundation for truly successful communities. Reflecting on findings from my research into the policy approaches of Manchester City Council and the City of Copenhagen, I am wary of the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)