How parties frame social citizenship and the inclusion of immigrants in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom

Eugster, Beatrice; Camia, Valeria (31 January 2014). How parties frame social citizenship and the inclusion of immigrants in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (Unpublished). In: Jahreskongress 2014 der Schweizerische Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (SVPW) - Schweizer Politik im Umbruch?. Berne, Switzerland. 30.-31.01.2014.

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Recent research on the transformation of West European party systems emphasises that cultural issues such as immigration have gained in importance besides the traditional socio-economic cleavage. While this literature shows that parties address not only cultural but also economic is-sues, it has paid less attention on whether parties combine cultural and economic issues. In this paper we focus on immigrants’ social rights by analysing if and how mainstream parties combine immigration and redistributive issues. Drawing on Faist (1995), we distinguish three different perspectives how political actors, here mainstream parties, might react to the welfare chauvinist claims that aim to restrict immigrants’ social rights. Our analysis relies on party manifestos in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom between 1999 and 2011. The results of the anal-ysis indicate that variation is found among party families, in particular among the left. Even though the purpose of the paper is not to ‘prove’ that the populist challenge explains how the mainstream left-wing parties behave, the results allow nonetheless for interpreting mainstream parties’ strategic combination of welfare and immigration issues as a response to anti-immigration and anti-integration issues raised by populist challengers.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Eugster, Beatrice

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beatrice Eugster

Date Deposited:

29 Apr 2015 12:18

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2015 12:18

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.67093

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/67093

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