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Mainstream Political Contexts and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment: A Cross-National Study of Center-Right Party Dominance

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Recent cross-national scholarship has identified national identity, individual perceptions of threat, and the sporadic presence of extreme right-wing parties as significant indicators of anti-immigrant sentiment among national populations. Missing in these accounts is a systematic analysis of the macro-level political contexts that potentially affect anti-immigrant sentiment. With the dramatic increase of immigration in virtually every capitalist democracy in recent decades, new research is needed to begin investigating how the political climate in a country, over both the short and long term, affects individuals’ attitudes toward those who arrive from other countries. Using survey data from the International Social Survey Program’s National Identity modules as well as macro-level data for each country, I analyze the effects of center-right party ascendancy and dominance on the attitudes of citizens in 16 OECD countries. Results from a series of multi-level statistical models show that the political climate as measured by center-right party dominance over the longer term exerts a significant positive influence on anti-immigrant sentiment. That is, the stronger the presence of center-right parties in their national legislative bodies, the more likely individuals living in such countries will exhibit anti-immigrant sentiment. Moreover, such party dominance moderates the relationship between individual political ideology and anti-foreigner sentiment, suggesting that overall levels of anti-immigrant sentiment rise regardless of an individual’s political identity.

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Ponce, Aaron. "Mainstream Political Contexts and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment: A Cross-National Study of Center-Right Party Dominance" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506573_index.html>

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Ponce, A. , 2011-08-19 "Mainstream Political Contexts and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment: A Cross-National Study of Center-Right Party Dominance" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506573_index.html

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Abstract: Recent cross-national scholarship has identified national identity, individual perceptions of threat, and the sporadic presence of extreme right-wing parties as significant indicators of anti-immigrant sentiment among national populations. Missing in these accounts is a systematic analysis of the macro-level political contexts that potentially affect anti-immigrant sentiment. With the dramatic increase of immigration in virtually every capitalist democracy in recent decades, new research is needed to begin investigating how the political climate in a country, over both the short and long term, affects individuals’ attitudes toward those who arrive from other countries. Using survey data from the International Social Survey Program’s National Identity modules as well as macro-level data for each country, I analyze the effects of center-right party ascendancy and dominance on the attitudes of citizens in 16 OECD countries. Results from a series of multi-level statistical models show that the political climate as measured by center-right party dominance over the longer term exerts a significant positive influence on anti-immigrant sentiment. That is, the stronger the presence of center-right parties in their national legislative bodies, the more likely individuals living in such countries will exhibit anti-immigrant sentiment. Moreover, such party dominance moderates the relationship between individual political ideology and anti-foreigner sentiment, suggesting that overall levels of anti-immigrant sentiment rise regardless of an individual’s political identity.


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