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Title: The missing factor: why social democracy can lead to restrictive immigration policy
Authors: Hinnfors, Jonas
Spehar, Andrea
Bucken-Knapp, Gregg
Contact Email: gregg.bucken-knapp@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: entry policy
sweden
immigration
ideology
social democracy
Issue Date: May-2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Hinnfors J, Spehar A & Bucken-Knapp G (2012) The missing factor: why social democracy can lead to restrictive immigration policy, Journal of European Public Policy, 19 (4), pp. 585-603.
Abstract: It is puzzling that social democratic parties are rarely the main focus of attention in the migration policy making literature, despite their crucial role in most European party systems and their frequent tenure in government. In this article, we seek to address this shortcoming by examining key immigration policies advocated by the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) over the past 40 years. This article shows that the SAP believes there are distinct limits to the ability of ‘the people’s home’ to make room for immigrants. Given social democracy’s clear adherence to notions of solidarity, inclusiveness and internationalism, the empirical findings of this article are counter-intuitive. Specifically, the Swedish Social Democrats have, since the late 1960s, continuously backed, and indeed initiated, strict immigration policies. Party ideology has been the missing factor in understanding these concrete immigration policies.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/3469
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2011.607348
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Affiliation: University of Gothenburg
University of Gothenburg
Politics

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