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Why do policies and attitudes toward immigration vary so widely across European minority regions? What determines whether political elites frame immigration as a threat or as an opportunity? Which role do ideas and historical political economy play in determining how immigration is perceived? This book talk by Professor Christina Zuber explores these questions on the basis of a comparative analysis of Catalonia and South Tyrol.

Event details of Ideational legacies and the politics of migration in European minority regions
Date 28 February 2022
Time 12:30 -14:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Room HYBRID - Political Science Common Room and Online

Historical legacies are frequently invoked in both popular and academic accounts of the politics of migration. However, such accounts leave the mechanisms by which such legacies get transmitted underspecified. In her forthcoming book Ideational legacies and the politics of migration in European minority regions, Zuber argues that the missing link between past events and present policy choices is ideational: Originally, an historical constellation of interests leads actors to defend policy ideas that match the historical environment. But over time, ideas can detach themselves from interests and stabilize into societal dispositions (shared values and collective identities).

Zuber contributes a novel theory of ideational policy stabilisation to the fields of comparative public policy and migration studies. The empirical part traces why and how historical legacies of industrialisation continue to impact the contemporary politics and policies of migration and integration in two European minority regions, Catalonia and South Tyrol. The book shows that a long-gone past can impact present political choices thanks to political consensus around the dominant ideas surrounding migration and integration in both contexts; ideas that remained stable despite radical changes in the underlying economic and institutional incentives.


Professor Christina Zuber

Christina is Full Professor of German Politics at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Konstanz, Germany. Her main research areas are comparative federalism, party politics and migration. Current research projects focus on nationalist and ethnic mobilisation in contemporary and historical European democracies and explores ways to integrate insights about issue competition from the field of party politics with insights about the persuasive power of identity-appeal from social psychology and the field of ethnic politics. 

Christina studied Political Science, Slavic Languages and Philosophy at the University of Cologne, where she also completed her doctorate in 2012. Before joining the University of Konstanz, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Bremen and at Pompeu Fabra University, and a lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and Lucerne. She is also an associate editor of the journal Regional and Federal Studies.

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room HYBRID - Political Science Common Room and Online

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