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Immigrants in Switzerland are far more likely to have their application for citizenship rejected if the decision is made using a referendum

Hangartner, Dominik and Hainmueller, Jens (2013) Immigrants in Switzerland are far more likely to have their application for citizenship rejected if the decision is made using a referendum. European Politics and Policy at LSE (05 Feb 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

When immigrants in Switzerland apply for citizenship, the decision is made in the municipality where they reside. While in some parts of Switzerland these decisions are made by elected representatives, in other municipalities individual applications are subject to a public referendum. Dominik Hangartner and Jens Hainmueller assess the impact of direct democracy on citizenship applications, finding that far fewer applications are accepted when a referendum is used. The applicant’s country of origin is the most important factor in determining success, with applicants from Turkey and the former Yugoslavia over ten times more likely to be rejected than those from other countries, such as Italy.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog//
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors; Online
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 12:34
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 09:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49130

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