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Speaker Series: Antje Ellermann @ Room 404 - Thomson House
Feb 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Speaker Series: Antje Ellermann @ Room 404 - Thomson House | Montréal | Québec | Canada

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

Antje Ellermann (University of British Columbia)

Political Insulation and the Comparative Politics of immigration: A Theoretical Framework

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Where and When: Friday, February 1, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Room 404, Thomson House, McGill University.

Abstract: Why do states that confront comparable immigration challenges oftentimes adopt remarkably different policy solutions? This talk presents a theoretical framework for the comparative study of immigration policy making. I argue the capacity of policy makers to turn their immigration preferences into policy is contingent on the availability of three types of political insulation. Whereas popular insulation will shield policy makers from public pressure for policy restrictionism, interest group insulation and diplomatic insulation are necessary if policy makers are to enjoy reprieve from demands by domestic lobbies and foreign governments for policy liberalization. Because each type of insulation differs across institutional arenas, immigration policy choices will vary not only across countries but, in contexts where actors can manipulate the institutional locus of policy making, also over time.

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This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).