In Whose Interest? Organised Interests, Policy Networks and Collective Action

  • Erica Consterdine


This chapter turns to the role of non-state actors in Labour’s immigration policy. Gary Freeman argues that a shift to liberalisation occurs because well-organised pro-immigration clients exercise a disproportionate influence over the policymaking process compared with the unorganised, anti-immigration public. Accordingly, political elites respond to such demands to gain electoral support from interest groups. Testing Freeman’s proposition, this chapter examines whether expansive economic immigration policies in Britain occurred because of organised interests’ lobbying government. The chapter presents a narrative of the activities of non-state actors in economic immigration policymaking under Labour, where the findings reveal that the role of non-state actors in prompting policy change was limited


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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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