Immigration and the transnational European centre-right: a common programmatic response?

Fraser Duncan, Steven van Hecke

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As aspects of immigration policy are brought into the competence of the EU, the role of transnational parties in co-ordinating policy choices across national boundaries grows in importance. Yet immigration is often seen as a cross-cutting issue and transnational parties have limited capacity to enforce programmatic uniformity across national member parties. We explore both of these issues by mapping the stances of transnational and national party manifestos on immigration policy at EP elections. We argue that ideology does structure party positions on immigration but that separating immigration control from migrant integration is essential to understanding partisan differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-452
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • politics
  • immigration
  • Europe
  • centre-right


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