Voting Rights and Immigrant Incorporation: Evidence from Norway

  title={Voting Rights and Immigrant Incorporation: Evidence from Norway},
  author={Jeremy Ferwerda and Henning Finseraas and Johannes Bergh},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={713 - 730}
How do political rights influence immigrant integration? This study demonstrates that the timing of voting rights extension plays a key role in fostering political incorporation. In Norway, non-citizens are eligible to vote in local elections after three years of residency. Drawing on individual-level registry data and a regression discontinuity design, the study leverages the exogenous timing of elections relative to the start of residency periods to identify the effect of early access to… 
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