From zero migration to the migration state: Whitehall cultures, institutional conversion and policy change

Consterdine, Erica (2015) From zero migration to the migration state: Whitehall cultures, institutional conversion and policy change. International Journal of Public Policy (IJPP), 11 (4/5/6). pp. 129-142. ISSN 1740-0600

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Abstract

This paper examines whether reforms to the machinery of government under New Labour can help to explain immigration policy change. Taking a new institutionalist approach, the paper argues that immigration policy change was partly shaped by processes of departmentalism, the joined-up government strategy and the consequential introduction of new policy actors into what had hitherto been a more tightly-knit policy network. The paper further argues that because the policymaking process has long been organised around the Whitehall model, departments have an organisational culture which shapes and structures the way policymakers perceive and frame a policy issue. When, however, actors move between departments - as a consequence of joined-up government - they apply knowledge and culture acquired from their previous department and transfer them to new policy areas. It is also the case that as a result of joined-up government, multiple departments have begun to make claims on immigration policy, with their institutionalised organisational culture and knowledge reflected in policy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0101 Great Britain
Depositing User: Erica Consterdine
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 14:17
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 07:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55307

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