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The Politics of Immigration in France, Britain, and the United States: A Comparative Study - Perspectives in Comparative Politics (Paperback)
  • The Politics of Immigration in France, Britain, and the United States: A Comparative Study - Perspectives in Comparative Politics (Paperback)

The Politics of Immigration in France, Britain, and the United States: A Comparative Study - Perspectives in Comparative Politics (Paperback)

Paperback 334 Pages / Published: 16/07/2012
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Updated through 2012 with all-new material in every chapter, Schain's book provides a detailed, comparative look at the policies that drive and inform immigration politics in three Western countries, and shows how immigration policy has political sources far beyond labor market needs.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230341173
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 532 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
Edition: 2nd ed. 2008


'This three-nation study by Schain (New York University) is ample proof that comparative politics is alive and well and, above all, thriving. . . It is comparative political analysis at its best. . . The result is a theoretical presentation as rewarding as the analyses of the immigration case studies, a presentation students of public policy should not miss. Summing up: highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.' - CHOICE

'The book makes an important contribution to the study of comparative immigration politics in Western countries by stressing the role of electoral politics and the politicization of the immigration issue. By exploring the framing by political actors, Schain skillfully explains how immigration policies and politics within a given country have changed over time. Whether or not one accepts Schain's thesis regarding the centrality of electoral politics in explaining the variation in immigration policies in these three Western countries, his book offers a compelling theoretical explanation of the politicization of immigration. It draws on ample empirical support and invites intellectual engagement, even from those who might think otherwise. It is an important addition to comparative politics, and I expect that it will be widely read and referenced by students of this important topic.' - Perspectives on Politics

'In this study Martin Schain scrutinizes immigration politics in three major Western democracies, from a refreshingly comparative standpoint. He relates the domestic politics and immigration policies of Britain, France, and the United States, vividly showing how these nations' policies towards migrants developed and changed over many decades. This volume builds upon and goes beyond previous research, revealing issues and policy dilemmas that transcend any single nation, but that are difficult to discern without Schain's incisive comparative approach.' - Christopher Mitchell, Professor of Politics, New York University, USA

'Martin Schain's book is an immense achievement. It transcends the typical (but artificial) European/North American divide in immigration studies; is written with great clarity and persuasiveness; and it offers an account of immigration policy that rightly rejects overly deterministic structural accounts, placing the accent squarely on politics and the political process. This book should be read as both a theoretical explanation of the politicization of immigration and as an empirical overview of immigration policy and politics in France, Britain, and the US, one that is uniquely sensitive to the particularities of each case. It is indispensable for students of immigration.' - Prof. Randall Hansen, Canada Research Chair in Immigration & Governance, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada

'Martin Schain's book is a tour de force that should be read by all students of immigration policy. He provides a comprehensive, thoughtful comparative analysis in explaining the historic and current differences in the politics and policies of immigration in the United States, France and Britain, focusing on the impact of institutions, the role of different actors, and the dynamics between them. Schain has done a masterly job in examining the vital immigration challenges of our age, notably the ability of the liberal states to controls their frontiers and to integrate their new migrants. Yet beyond these topical issues, this book addresses important implications for how we should understand the question of migration itself.' - Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia, Associate Researcher, CEVIPOF/Center for Political Research, Sciences Po Paris

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