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Easing the Heavy Hand: Humanitarian Concern, Empathy, and Opinion on Immigration

Newman, Benjamin J and Hartman, Todd K and Lown, Patrick L and Feldman, Stanley (2015) 'Easing the Heavy Hand: Humanitarian Concern, Empathy, and Opinion on Immigration.' British Journal of Political Science, 45 (3). 583 - 607. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

<jats:p>The bulk of the public opinion research on immigration identifies the factors leading to opposition to immigration. In contrast, we focus on a previously unexplored factor yielding support for immigration: humanitarianism. Relying upon secondary analysis of national public opinion survey data and an original survey experiment, we demonstrate that humanitarian concern significantly decreases support for restrictive immigration policy. Results from our survey experiment demonstrate that in an information environment evoking both threat and countervailing humanitarian concern regarding immigration, the latter can and does override the former. Last, our results point to the importance of individual differences in empathy in moderating the effects of both threat and humanitarian inducements.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 08:48
Last Modified: 03 May 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15014

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