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Investigating Anti-Immigration Party influence on local migration policy: Explaining divergence within two Swedish municipalities.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Uppsala University.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The last decade was marked by a significant uptick for Anti-Immigration Parties (AIPs) in Europe, no longer being characterized as politically marginalized entities after having gained seats both within national and local features of government. However, their actual influence on local migration policy remains surprisingly understudied. To address that empirical gap, this study investigates the potential influence exerted by a local AIP (SD) by comparing two Swedish municipalities, Haninge and Norrtälje, characterized by divergent outcomes on migration policy despite being relatively similar on many other parameters. Building on previous research regarding the two established theoretical models for explaining such influence (direct- and indirect influence), two competing causal hypotheses are tested. This is done by applying a combination of quantitative and qualitative assessments on the principal arena for local decision-making, the municipal assembly and its different sub-committees.

The obtained empirical results suggest that levels of direct influence were relatively low in both cases. In contrast, the results on indirect influence suggested that Haninge displayed high levels while Norrtälje manifested moderate levels. These findings indicate that levels of indirect influence exerted by SD might explain the notable divergence on migration policy observed in the two municipalities being studied. Such conclusions suggest that this form of influence might provide an impactful political vessel for AIPs in terms of altering local migration policies in highly decentralized settings. In addition, these findings not only give testimony to the theoretical relevance of AIP influence in various circumstances, but also advance the scholarly discussion on how AIPs can actively spearhead policies from the back benches of opposition. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 63 p.
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Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, ISSN 0346-5462
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323391OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323391DiVA: diva2:1106039
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Master Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2017-06-12 Created: 2017-06-06 Last updated: 2017-06-12Bibliographically approved

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