Immigration and Integration Policy in Europe: Why Politics - and the Centre-Right - Matter

Bale, Tim, ed. (2008) Immigration and Integration Policy in Europe: Why Politics - and the Centre-Right - Matter. Journal of European Public Policy Special Issues as Books . Routledge. ISBN 978-0415468343

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Abstract

The role of political parties in immigration control and integration policy in Europe is underestimated, and parties on the centre-right are particularly important and interesting in this respect. They make up many European governments and therefore help determine state and EU policy. Moreover, even before the rise of the populist radical right, immigration and integration were matters of genuine ideological and practical concern for Europe’s market liberal, conservative and Christian Democratic parties. Exploiting such issues for electoral gain may make superficial sense, but too hard a line risks alienating their supporters in business and in civil society, as well as undermining party unity. It is a difficult balance, but one that makes a big difference both to the parties involved and the public policies they help produce. This volume brings together experts on both migration and political parties – fields that have not always interacted as much as they could or should have done – in order to study the impacts, dilemmas and trade-offs involved.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0015 European federation and integration
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Depositing User: Tim Bale
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:41
Last Modified: 14 May 2012 09:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17785
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