Variation in policy success: radical right populism and migration policy

Lutz, Philipp (2018). Variation in policy success: radical right populism and migration policy. West European politics, 42(3), pp. 517-544. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/01402382.2018.1504509

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How do radical right populist parties influence government policies in their core issue of immigration? This article provides a systematic analysis of the direct and indirect effects of radical right anti-immigration parties on migration policy reforms in 17 West European countries from 1990 to 2014. Insights from migration policy theory serve to explain variations in the migration policy success of the radical right. While previous studies mostly treat migration policy as uniform, it is argued that this approach neglects the distinct political logics of immigration and integration policy. This article reveals significant variations in policy success by policy area. While immigration policies have become more liberal despite the electoral success of the radical right, when the radical right is in government office it enacts more restrictions in integration policies. Accordingly, anti-immigrant mobilisation is more likely to influence immigrants’ rights than their actual numbers.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Lutz, Philipp


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Taylor & Francis




Philipp Lutz

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31 Jan 2019 10:13

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05 Dec 2022 15:23

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