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Circumventing deadlock through venue-shopping: Why there is more than just talk in US immigration politics in times of economic crisis

Zaun, Natascha, Roos, Christof and Gulzau, Fabian (2016) Circumventing deadlock through venue-shopping: Why there is more than just talk in US immigration politics in times of economic crisis. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42 (10). pp. 1590-1609. ISSN 1369-183X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1162356

Abstract

This article addresses the question of how the financial and economic crisis that hit the US in the late 2000s impacted immigration policies. We find that the crisis has not significantly changed dynamics. Instead, it has highlighted and aggravated persisting trends. Drawing on Kingdon’s multiple streams model and combining it with the notion of two-level games, we find that while the policy stream and the problem stream would call for both restrictive and liberalising changes, the political stream impedes change: The fact that Congress has been divided for a long time over Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) impedes any restrictive or liberalising changes. With problems resulting from current policies being intensified through the global economic crisis, however, actors favouring either restrictive or liberal policy change look for alternative venues to pursue their policy aims. Through legislative changes on the state level or via executive orders by the president, policies can be changed on a lower level without CIR.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjms20/current
Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 10:40
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 02:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84507

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