A Framework for Understanding Immigration Policy

  • Erica Consterdine


This chapter provides the theoretical and conceptual grounding that the book uses to explain policy transformation. Three approaches that explain government action and political elite preferences to immigration have come to dominate the field in political science: interest group, partisan politics and institutionalist approaches. The chapter details how different sets of actors, including non-governmental actors, political parties and civil servants, are said to influence policy and establish the conceptual and analytical tools to examine how interests, ideas and institutions can prompt policy change.


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  • Erica Consterdine
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and Sussex Centre for Migration ResearchUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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