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BIGSSS-departs Ph.D. Fellow, Field B, Cohort 2017
Comparative Welfare State Research
The Political Economy of Immigration
Exclusion by the Mainstream? The Partisan Politics of the Immigration Welfare Nexus in Western Europe
The policy field at the intersection of immigration and welfare has long been considered the domain of parties and movements from the "radical right". Yet, given increased focus on the alleged economic burden of immigrants in public discourse of late, this project proposes to refocus empirical and conceptual energy towards mainstream party politics around these issues. Comprised of three papers, theories of institutional feedback and party competition are used to explain variation in a) politicization of these issues at elections, b) partisan effects on policies that increase and decrease immigrant welfare rights and c) the association between immigration attitudes and vote choice. A mixed methods approach is taken, encompassing both qualitative content analysis of party discourses, and regression analysis of both survey and policy reform data.