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Article on the policy effects of anti-immigrant party representation on aid shortlisted for best paper

News: Jan 14, 2019

The article Policy Effects of Anti-Immigrant Party Representation on Aid to Vulnerable European Union/ European Economic Area Citizens by Maria Tyrberg and Carl Dahlström has been shortlisted for the best paper in Political Studies' 2018 volume – the 2018 Harrison Prize.

The article contributes by investigating the anti- immigrant party policy impact on a previously unexplored welfare policy area, that concerning the mobility of vulnerable European Union/European Economic Area citizens. In Sweden, the aid offered to these citizens varies a great deal in different municipalities. Furthermore, the largest anti-immigrant party, the Sweden Democrats, has, unlike the mainstream political parties, preferences for a strict policy in line with so-called welfare chauvinism. The empirical findings show a negative correlation between Sweden Democrats’ representation and the aid offered and indicates that municipalities where Sweden Democrats holds a pivotal position offer less aid to vulnerable European Union/ European Economic Area citizens. The hypothesis that these effects are conditional upon the ideology of the ruling coalition is, however, not supported.

Four papers are shortlisted for the prize and the winner will be announced in February.

The prize will be officially awarded at the 2019 Political Studies Association Conference, which is being held at the University of Nottingham, 15-17th April.



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