Bringing the State Back In: Institutional Change and the Administrative Context

  • Erica Consterdine


The purpose of this final empirical chapter is to examine the administrative context and the policymaking process itself as an explanation for policy change. The new institutionalist approach claims it is apolitical institutions that form immigration policy according to the interests of the state. Through processes of normalisation and socialisation, certain ideas, objectives and policy framings become embedded in these institutions. The chapter adopts an instituionalist lens by examining departmental cultures, policy framings and institutional changes to policymaking practices and assesses whether such institutional changes can explain the policy shift. The chapter takes a disaggregated view of the state and particularly focuses on how the ideas of the modernised Labour Party were filtered through departmental agendas and changes to policymaking practices.


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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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