The unexpected dynamics of politicisation of migration : the case of the refugee crisis in Sicily
Mediterranean politics, 2022, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 29-56 [Migration Policy Centre]
PETTRACHIN, Andrea, The unexpected dynamics of politicisation of migration : the case of the refugee crisis in Sicily, Mediterranean politics, 2022, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 29-56 [Migration Policy Centre] - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/67230
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Through analysis of decision-making dynamics on migration in Sicily, this paper shows how party elites define strategies to politicize migration. Conventional explanations of the politicization of migration assume that party elites politicize migration in reaction to increasing flows and issue salience, explicitly ignoring cognitive factors and actors’ reasoning. Conversely, I show that Sicilian party elites’ politicization strategies are not shaped by objective evidence about public attitudes, salience and the effects of migration, but, rather, by actors’ understandings of these objective factors, embedded in deeply rooted narratives and reinforced by the outputs of the decision-making dynamics that they contribute to shape.
Published online: 14 Apr 2020
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/67230
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2020.1741294
Series/Number: [Migration Policy Centre]
Sponsorship and Funder information:
This research has been funded by European Research Council (ERC), European Union’s Seven Framework Programme (FP-7/2007-2013), Grant Agreement No 340430 (‘Prospects for International Migration Governance’) awarded to Professor Andrew Geddes.
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