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Examining the nature of policy change: a new institutionalist explanation of citizenship and naturalisation policy in the UK and Germany, 2000-2010

Williams, Helen Marie (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis combines two burgeoning fields – New Institutionalism and migration studies – to explain the process of institutional change. It tests six hypotheses drawn from a hybrid theoretical framework drawn from Historical Institutionalism, Rational Choice Institutionalism, and Sociological Institutionalism, identifying concrete mechanisms of reproduction and sources of endogenous and exogenous change. It applies this framework to changes in access to citizenship in the form of citizenship and naturalisation policy in the United Kingdom and Germany between 2000 and 2010. Its greatest contributions lie in a more comprehensive explanation of endogenous factors and incremental changes, two aspects of institutional change that have received inadequate theoretical attention and empirical investigation. Testing economic, power-based, and ideational explanations for change, it concludes that each of the New Institutionalisms makes an important contribution to a complete understanding of the process of change and the dynamics of this policy area in two very different European countries.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Menon, Anand and Colvin, Sarah
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Institute for German Studies, Department of Political Science and International Studies
Subjects:HB Economic Theory
JF Political institutions (General)
JN Political institutions (Europe)
JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3464
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