The Evolution of the Immigration Debate: Evidence from a New Dataset of Party Positions Over the Last Half-Century

@article{Dancygier2020TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of the Immigration Debate: Evidence from a New Dataset of Party Positions Over the Last Half-Century},
  author={Rafaela M. Dancygier and Yotam Margalit},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={2020},
  volume={53},
  pages={734 - 774}
}
  • Rafaela M. Dancygier, Yotam Margalit
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
  • Immigration is one of the most contentious issues across contemporary democracies, but this has not always been the case. What accounts for this development? We study how immigration has evolved in the political debate in Western Europe over five decades by creating and analyzing a comprehensive new data set—Immigration in Party Manifestos (IPM)—of all immigration-related appeals made in preelection manifestos by major parties. Our account focuses on three central debates. First, contra to… CONTINUE READING
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