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Togman provides a comparative analysis of French and U.S. immigration policies from 1945 to 2000. He explores why nations implement the immigration policies they do, why some governments allow or even encourage large-scale immigration while others restrict it, why some states shift from liberal to restrictive entry policies and vice versa.
Focusing on critical historical junctures, Togman illustrates how different institutional structures in France and the United States led these countries to implement divergent entry policies. Political institutions are shown to act as an intervening variable, helping determine what, if any, influence other factors such as economic conditions and cultural traditions have over a nation's immigration laws. Scholars and students of French politics, U.S. politics, comparative politics, and immigration policies will find this work helpful.
- Table of Contents
Explaining Immigration Policies
The United States
Lazarus Betrayed and Vindicated
U.S. Immigration Policies in Hard Times
French Immigration Policies in Hard Times
The New Politics of French Immigration
Immigration Policies in Comparative Perspective
[a] most welcome contribution to the emprical study of immigration policy, as well as to the more general literature on the impact of political institutions.
[t]his is an important contribution to our understanding the role of political institutions in the development of immigration policy. This book is clearly written and relates a strong historical exposition to a clear analysis of the theoretical literature. More than most of the literature in this field, this fine study builds and expands on what we know and raises new questions that will be source of future research.
^IThe Ramparts of Nations^R is a succinct and clearly articulated book that will be of benefit to those readers interested in immigration policy.