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Elif Naz Kayran and Anna-Lena Nadler have received the EPSR Early Careers Prize

Elif Naz Kayran and Anna-Lena Nadler have received the European Political Science Review (EPSR) Prize for early career scholars.

In their winning article, Non-citizen voting rights and political participation of citizens: evidence from Switzerland, authors Elif Naz Kayran (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research; formerly Leiden University, Social Citizenship & Migration) and Anna-Lena Nadler (Leiden University) examine the extent to which local non-citizen voting rights policies influence the electoral participation dynamics between native citizens and those with an immigration background.

The research shows two particularly relevant results. First, that electoral turnout is significantly higher in municipalities with non-citizens’ voting rights. Second, the observed increase in participation among citizens with immigration backgrounds is less likely to be linked to a competition for political influence, which is more likely to be the case with native citizens.

For more information about the prize: https://ecpr.eu/News/News/Details/670

Elif Naz Kayran is a researcher at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute Geneva, focused on analysing the link between labour market risk exposure, welfare states, and public attitudes towards immigration, which was awarded the best dissertation by the American Political Science Association, Migration and Citizenship section in 2021.

She has held positions as a post-doctoral researcher at Leiden University (research programme Social Citizenship & Migration) and a visiting doctoral researcher at Oxford University. Elif’s research interests are comparative labour market and social policy in Europe, trade union and collective action, migration policy, and social and political rights of migrants.

Recently, collaborating with the social partners in the construction sector at the EU level, she has contributed to an expert report on Third-country companies and workers in the European construction sector, focusing on the volume and the working conditions of third-country national workers in Europe. She is currently working on a paper establishing the link between migrant workers and trade union membership.

Anna-Lena Nadler is a postdoctoral researcher at the Economics Department at Leiden University and the Horizon 2020 TransEuroWorkS project that assesses the impact of immigration, digitalisation, and the green on the functioning of European labour markets and how welfare states can mitigate the potential effects for workers, families, and businesses.

She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Geneva obtained in October 2022 and previously worked as a visiting doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam.

In her research, Anna-Lena focuses on policy preferences, political representation, and electoral behaviour of immigrants and citizens in diverse democracies, and explores how policy and economic contexts shape party politics in intersection with immigration in Western democracies. Current research projects address the conditions contributing to the emergence of immigrant and ethnic minority parties in Western Europe and their consequences on party systems, the intersectionality of immigrant and working-class political representation, and immigrant attitudes towards labour unions. 

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