What is it about?
Public preferences on immigration and policies on immigration do not always agree. We examine some potential variables associated with this opinion-policy gap. We examine public opinion and policies across time (1995 to 2010) and countries. The electoral strength of anti-immigrant parties is unrelated to the opinion-policy gap on immigration. By contrast, where immigration is salient and there is intensive public debate, the opinion-policy gap is affected: the combination of negative attitudes in the population with extensive media coverage seems particularly conducive to policy congruence.
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Why is it important?
The nature and variation of the opinion-policy gap on immigration has been contested. We provide a comparison across countries and time to better capture the opinion-policy gap
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This page is a summary of: The Gap between Public Preferences and Policies on Immigration: A Comparative Examination of the Effect of Politicisation on Policy Congruence, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, March 2015, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1369183x.2015.1021598.
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