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The Politicisation of Migration

1st Edition

Edited by Wouter van der Brug, Gianni D'Amato, Didier Ruedin, Joost Berkhout


234 pages | 46 B/W Illus.

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Why are migration policies sometimes heavily contested and high on the political agenda? And why do they, at other moments and in other countries, hardly lead to much public debate? The entrance and settlement of migrants in Western Europe has prompted various political reactions. In some countries anti-immigration parties have gained substantial public support while in others migration policies have been hardly controversial.

The Politicisation of Migration examines the differences between seven Western European countries by developing a conceptual framework to empirically explain patterns of politicisation and de-politicisation. The analyses show that over the past decade immigration has been increasingly defined in socio-cultural terms and that it has been receiving less political attention since the economic crisis started in 2007. This book also looks at the role of mainstream parties and political actors in the process of politicisation, and demonstrates how the role of ‘challengers’ is more limited than often assumed.

Contributing to literatures on migration, party politics and agenda-setting, the book will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of politics and migration studies.

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1: A framework for studying the politicisation of immigration Wouter van der Brug, Gianni D’Amato, Joost Berkhout and Didier Ruedin Chapter 2: Research design Joost Berkhout, Didier Ruedin, Wouter van der Brug and Gianni D’Amato Chapter 3: Politicisation of immigration in Austria Sarah Meyer and Sieglinde Rosenberger Chapter 4: The politicisation of immigration in Belgium Guido Vangoidsenhoven and Jean-Benoit Pilet Chapter 5:The Politicisation of Immigration in Ireland Kevin Cunningham Chapter 6: The Politicisation of Immigration in the Netherlands Joost Berkhout, Laura Sudulich and Wouter van der Brug Chapter 7: The politicisation of immigration in Spain Virginia Ros and Laura Morales Chapter 8: Politicisation of Immigration in Switzerland: The Importance of Direct Democracy Didier Ruedin and Gianni D’Amato Chapter 9: The Politicisation of Immigration in Britain João Carvalho, Roger Eatwell, Daniel Wunderlich Chapter 10: Cross-country comparisons and conclusions Wouter van der Brug, Didier Ruedin , Joost Berkhout and Kevin Cunningham Bibliography Technical Appendix A




About the Editors

Wouter van der Brug is Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Gianni D’Amato is Professor of Migration and Citizenship Studies, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Joost Berkhout is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Didier Ruedin is a researcher at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This series covers academic studies within the broad fields of ‘extremism’ and ‘democracy’, with volumes focusing on adjacent concepts such as populism, radicalism, and ideological/religious fundamentalism. These topics have been considered largely in isolation by scholars interested in the study of political parties, elections, social movements, activism, and radicalisation in democratic settings. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-)relation between extremism, radicalism, populism, fundamentalism, and democracy. Since its establishment in 1999, the series has encompassed both influential contributions to the discipline and informative accounts for public debate. Works will seek to problematise the role of extremism, broadly defined, within an ever-globalising world, and/or the way social and political actors can respond to these challenges without undermining democratic credentials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General