Two logics of policy intervention in immigrant integration: an institutionalist framework based on capabilities and aspirations

Lutz, Philipp (2017). Two logics of policy intervention in immigrant integration: an institutionalist framework based on capabilities and aspirations. Comparative migration studies, 5(19), pp. 1-18. Springer Open 10.1186/s40878-017-0064-0

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The effectiveness of immigrant integration policies has gained considerable attention across Western democracies dealing with ethnically and culturally diverse societies. However, the findings on what type of policy produces more favourable integration outcomes remain inconclusive. The conflation of normative and analytical assumptions on integration is a major challenge for causal analysis of integration policies. This article applies actor-centered institutionalism as a new framework for the analysis of immigrant integration outcomes in order to separate two different mechanisms of policy intervention. Conceptualising integration outcomes as a function of capabilities and aspirations allows separating assumptions on the policy intervention in assimilation and multiculturalism as the two main types of policy approaches. The article illustrates that assimilation is an incentive-based policy and primarily designed to increase immigrants’ aspirations, whereas multiculturalism is an opportunity-based policy and primarily designed to increase immigrants’ capabilities. Conceptualising causal mechanisms of policy intervention clarifies the link between normative concepts of immigrant integration and analytical concepts of policy effectiveness.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Lutz, Philipp

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

2214-594X

Publisher:

Springer Open

Language:

English

Submitter:

Philipp Lutz

Date Deposited:

14 May 2018 13:39

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 18:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1186/s40878-017-0064-0

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.112777

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/112777

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