Interest Group Politics and Immigration Policy

Gary P. Freeman and Stuart M. Tendler

in Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195337228
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Interest Group Politics and Immigration Policy

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This article reviews the case for the centrality of interest groups to the politics of immigration in liberal democracies. It focuses on alternative theories that might account for the creation of individual preferences with regard to immigration policies, which incentives and constraints affect the translation of individual preferences into organized groups, how groups seek to influence policy, and how effective they are. This discussion is followed by a review of the American case, and the article concludes with a discussion of research needed to establish the interest group-immigration policy nexus outside the United States.

Keywords: interest groups; immigration policies; liberal democracy; United States; interest-group immigration policy

Article.  9208 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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