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Convergence, capitalist diversity, or political volatility?: Immigration policy in Western Europe

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>14/10/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of European Public Policy
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date14/10/19
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Are immigration policies in European countries converging? Or do some countries remain more open to immigrants than others? We address these questions through an analysis of labour migration policies in five European countries from 1990 to 2016. Using an original immigration policy index (ImPol) to measure policy restrictiveness we examine whether policies have converged, to what extent immigration regimes reflect distinct ‘varieties of capitalism’, and whether national policy trajectories are shaped by domestic politics. We find little evidence of convergence; mixed evidence that immigration policy regimes reflect capitalist diversity; and strong evidence that policies respond to changes in domestic political conditions. Whilst ‘varieties of capitalism’ may set the broad parameters for immigration regimes, the direction and timing of policy changes are determined by domestic political competition.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of European Public Policy on 14/10/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13501763.2019.1674364