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Title: The Gap between Public Preferences and Policies on Immigration: A Comparative Examination of the Effect of Politicisation on Policy Congruence
Authors: Morales, Laura
Pilet, J-B.
Ruedin, D.
First Published: 27-Mar-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Centre for European Migration and Ethnic Studies (CEMES) and Sussex Centre for Migration Research at the University of Sussex
Citation: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2015
Abstract: The existence of a gap between public preferences for more restrictive immigration policies and relatively expansive immigration policy in Western democracies has received considerable attention. Sometimes, this gap has been explained by the nature of immigration policies: dominated by elites while the public remained uninterested. In many countries, however, immigration has gained considerable salience among the public. There are competing expectations and accounts relating to whether policy-makers ignore or follow public demands on immigration. In this article we examine the potential drivers of variations in the opinion–policy gap on immigration in seven countries (1995–2010). We analyse the effect of the politicisation of immigration on this opinion–policy gap. The strength of anti-immigrant parties is unrelated to the opinion–policy gap on immigration. The salience of the issue and the intensity of the public debate are associated with the opinion–policy gap, and the combination of negative attitudes with extensive media coverage seems particularly conducive to policy congruence.
DOI Link: 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1021598
ISSN: 1369-183X
eISSN: 1469-9451
Links: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369183X.2015.1021598
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/31955
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 27 March 2015 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369183X.2015.1021598
Description: The underlying research materials for this article can be accessed at http://dx.doi.org/ 10.7910/DVN/27517
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