publication . Article . 2016

Mass Opinion and Immigration Policy in the United States: Re-Assessing Clientelist and Elitist Perspectives

Levy, M; Wright, M; Citrin, J;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2016 Journal: Perspectives on Politics, volume 14, pages 660-680 (issn: 1537-5927, eissn: 1541-0986, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Country: Mexico
Copyright © American Political Science Association 2016. We argue that widely accepted elitist and clientelist models of immigration policy in the United States unduly minimize popular pressure on policy-making. These models portray majority opinion in ways that fail to recognize divergence between the public's abstract goals for immigration policy and its support for the concrete policy changes needed to achieve them. As a result, they obscure many important instances in which immigration policy accords with public preferences despite counter-pressure from elites and organized lobbies. We demonstrate this point by identifying and explaining gaps between general...
free text keywords: Political Science & Public Administration, Political Science, Political Science and International Relations, Majority opinion, Immigration, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Immigration reform, Economics, Legalization, Status quo, Odds, Immigration policy, Political economy
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