Communication non publiée
Evaluating the populist challenge: partisanship and the making of immigration policy in France (1974-2011)
Nom de la conférence
18th International Conference of Europeanists
Date(s) de la conférence
2011-06-20 / 2011-06-22
Lieu de la conférence
Barcelona, ESPAGNE
Mots clés
Immigration policy, Radical right in France, Policy contagion, Partisanship, Front national
The objective of this paper is to study the policy impact the populist right has had on established actors in the French party system. To do so, it adopts a long-term perspective by looking at developments in immigration policies since the early 1970s. The paper generates a number of empirical measures to assess policy change and the partisan motivations underlying new legislations. The analysis suggests that policy inputs by parties of the right have been significantly more vulnerable to exogenous contagion effects by the FN. Left-wing parties in contrast have not abdicated from their ideological preferences for expansive immigration policies. Lastly, whilst the findings suggest historical continuity in the politics of immigration control by the right since the mid-1970s, they point to significant policy and positional shifts in the area of immigrant integration, particularly after 2010. As a consequence, party polarization has significantly increased.