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The partisan politics of immigration: Between politicisation and globalisation (Political Behaviour Colloquium)

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  • Tue 20 Nov 2018 17.15 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-11-20 17:15 2018-11-20 19:00 Europe/Paris The partisan politics of immigration: Between politicisation and globalisation (Political Behaviour Colloquium)

The issue of immigration plays a central role in transforming mass politics in West European democracies. The growing number of studies on the role of political parties in migration policy has however produced mixed empirical results. To shed light on the effect of partisanship on migration policy, this article chooses a new perspective and analyses the temporal dynamics of partisan effects. The increased politicisation of immigration in electoral competition would expect increasing partisan divides with more distinct policies between left- and right-wing governments. At the same time, economic globalisation and political internationalisation increasingly limited the policy space of national governments and the room for partisan politics. The predictions of the politicisation and the globalisation hypothesis are tested with a new cabinet-based dataset of migration policy changes across 18 West European countries from 1980 to 2014. The results demonstrate the dynamic nature of partisan effects and reveal variation between different policy dimensions. While immigrant admission follows the logic of globalisation, immigrant integration follows the logic of politicisation. This finding of ’constrained partisanship’ provides important insights into the role of government ideology in times of contested globalisation.

Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

The issue of immigration plays a central role in transforming mass politics in West European democracies. The growing number of studies on the role of political parties in migration policy has however produced mixed empirical results. To shed light on the effect of partisanship on migration policy, this article chooses a new perspective and analyses the temporal dynamics of partisan effects. The increased politicisation of immigration in electoral competition would expect increasing partisan divides with more distinct policies between left- and right-wing governments. At the same time, economic globalisation and political internationalisation increasingly limited the policy space of national governments and the room for partisan politics. The predictions of the politicisation and the globalisation hypothesis are tested with a new cabinet-based dataset of migration policy changes across 18 West European countries from 1980 to 2014. The results demonstrate the dynamic nature of partisan effects and reveal variation between different policy dimensions. While immigrant admission follows the logic of globalisation, immigrant integration follows the logic of politicisation. This finding of ’constrained partisanship’ provides important insights into the role of government ideology in times of contested globalisation.


Location:
Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
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Organiser:
Sophia Hunger
Valentim Vicente

Speaker:
Philipp Lutz (Bern University)
 
 

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