An Unintended Consequence…
This concluding chapter summarises the key findings, presents an overarching explanation for policy change and offers explanatory insights for scholars of policy change generally. This case in many ways resembles a critical juncture, as this set of favourable conditions provided a window of opportunity in which structural influences on political action were relaxed. These conditions—strong economy, strong majority government and a weak opposition—coincided at the same time and consequently prompted a moment for political actors to overcome the usual bias towards inertia (in this case a restrictive policy frame). The concluding chapter argues that while the expansionary developments were not caused by one single factor, a set of favourable conditions allowed for a shift in immigration policy and thus calls for complex causality.
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