New administration, new immigration regime: do parties matter after all? A UK case study

Hampshire, James and Bale, Tim (2015) New administration, new immigration regime: do parties matter after all? A UK case study. West European Politics, 38 (1). pp. 145-166. ISSN 0140-2382

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Abstract

Research on the impact of parties on public policy, and on immigration policy in particular, often finds limited evidence of partisan influence. In this paper, we examine immigration policy-making in the UK coalition government. Our case provides evidence that parties in government can have more of an impact on policy than previous studies acknowledge, but this only becomes apparent when we open up the ‘black box’ between election outcomes and policy outputs. By examining how, when and why election pledges are turned into government policies, we show that partisan influence depends not only on dynamics between the coalition partners, but how these dynamics interact with interdepartmental conflicts and lobbying by organised interests. In-depth process tracing allows us to see these complex dynamics, which easily get lost in large-n comparisons of pledges and outputs, let alone outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6201 Immigration
Depositing User: James Hampshire
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 14:42
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 05:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63033

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