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How Party Platforms on Immigration Become Policy

Bohmelt, Tobias and Ezrow, Lawrence (2022) 'How Party Platforms on Immigration Become Policy.' Journal of Public Policy, 42 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0143-814X

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We focus on one of the most salient policy issues of our time, immigration, and evaluate whether the salience of immigration in governing parties’ manifestos translates into actual legislative activity on immigration. We contend that democratic policymakers have genuine incentives to do so. Furthermore, we argue that the country context matters for pledge-fulfillment, and we find that the migration salience of governing parties’ manifestos more strongly translates into policy activity when the level of immigration restrictions is higher and when countries’ economies perform well. This research has important implications for our understanding of the relationships between economic performance, democratic representation, and immigration policy making.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Representation; Immigration Policy; Salience; Economic Performance
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 13:21
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 15:24

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