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Political party ideology and immigration policy reform: an empirical enquiry

What drives the restrictiveness of immigration reforms? Political scientists Katharina Natter (Leiden University), Mathias Czaika (Danube University Krems) and Hein de Haas (University of Amsterdam) analysed immigration reforms in 21 Western immigration countries between 1970 and 2012. They found that the political ideology of the governing party or parties has no profound overall impact. Left-wing governments are often just as restrictive as right-wing governments. Rather, restrictiveness appears to depend on factors such as economic growth, social welfare protection and the structure of the political system.

Katharina Natter, Mathias Czaika & Hein de Haas
09 March 2020
› Political Research Exchange
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