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Does Illegal Immigration Empower Rightist Parties?

Angel Solano García
Journal of Population Economics
Vol. 19, No. 4 (Oct., 2006), pp. 649-670
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20008038
Page Count: 22
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Does Illegal Immigration Empower Rightist Parties?
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Abstract

The main goal of this paper is to analyze the political outcome in countries where the relevant issue in elections is the control of immigration. In particular, we explore the consequences on the political outcome of the fact that parties are either ideological or opportunistic with respect to this issue. To do that, we use a simple two-party political competition model in which the issues over which parties take positions are the levels of border enforcement and the way it has to be financed. We show that an ideological rather than a pure opportunistic behavior gives parties an advantage to win the election. This result may help us to understand the recent success of anti-immigrant and rightist parties in several countries.

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