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Title: The Gap between Public Preferences and Policies on Immigration: A Comparative Examination of the Effect of Politicization on Policy Congruence
Authors: Morales, Laura
Pilet, Jean-Benoit
Ruedin, Didier
First Published: 27-Mar-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Centre for European Migration and Ethnic Studies (CEMES) , Sussex Centre for Migration Research
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 politicization 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
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
Description: The underlying research materials for this article can be accessed at 10.7910/DVN/27517.
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