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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Immigration Studies Initiative Speaker

Wed, September 5, 2012 • 12:30 PM • BAT 5.108

“National Identity, Mass Migration, and Perceptions of Political Systems  in Europe”

Early theories about support for political systems indicated that affection for one’s national community should be related to attitudes to specific components of the nation-state’s political system. However, we know very little about whether these are, in fact, related to one another. Using a rare survey that includes items measuring connection to national community, perceptions of what it means to be a country-national, and trust in various aspects of the political system, this paper shows that strong attachment to national community may help to produce positive perceptions of the political system, as predicted by these early theories. The paper also contends that in the modern age of mass immigration, emphasis on differing components of national identity is likely to have variable effects on perceptions of political systems and that official government policies toward newcomers moderate this relationship.

 


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