When do public preferences and policies on immigration agree?
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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.
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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