Policy Change and the Politics of Expertise. Economic Ideas and immigration Control Reforms in switzerland

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serval:BIB_9DF72CB08CE5
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Policy Change and the Politics of Expertise. Economic Ideas and immigration Control Reforms in switzerland
Journal
Swiss Political Science Review
Author(s)
Afonso Alexandre
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2007
Volume
13
Number
1
Pages
1-38
Language
english
Notes
BIB_893E41F5FF86
Abstract
This article analyses the varying influence across time of the "epistemic community" of free-market economists on immigration policy making in Switzerland. To this end, a framework for the analysis of the impact of economic expertise is provided, and then used in an historical analysis comparing the 1960s with the 1990s. Whereas this influence can be considered to have been weak in the 1960s, it gained significantly in importance in the 1990s, when a period of economic unrest seriously challenged previous immigration policies. It is argued that economic experts played an important role in framing the reforms undertaken during this latter period, notably by providing a "credible causal story" about the links between the existing immigration policy and the social problems which arose in the country in the 1990s. As compared to the 1960s, economic expertise in the 1990s enjoyed more credibility, more political support and took full advantage of a more uncertain social and economic context
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