Mass Opinion and Immigration Policy in the United States: Re-Assessing Clientelist and Elitist Perspectives

  title={Mass Opinion and Immigration Policy in the United States: Re-Assessing Clientelist and Elitist Perspectives},
  author={Morris Levy and Matthew Wright and J. Citrin},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={660 - 680}
We argue that widely accepted elitist and “clientelist” models of immigration policy in the United States unduly minimize popular pressure on policy-making. These models portray majority opinion in ways that fail to recognize divergence between the public’s abstract goals for immigration policy and its support for the concrete policy changes needed to achieve them. As a result, they obscure many important instances in which immigration policy accords with public preferences despite counter… 
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