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"Limiting the scope of conflict: Deportation and damage control in Germany and the United States"

Ellermann, Antje. (2003) "Limiting the scope of conflict: Deportation and damage control in Germany and the United States". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    To what extent can executive agencies in liberal democracies uphold political controversial decisions when confronted with public opposition? My paper examines this question by studying a highly contested area of public policy in Germany and the United States: deportation polity. I ask, what explains variation in the extent to which implementing immigration agencies reverse individual deportation decisions when faced with public opposition? While agencies in some context are able to contain these instances of case mobilization successfully, in other instances they are forced to concede defeat in the face of public protest. This paper attributes varied success in conflict containment to variation in the ability of bureaucrats to insulate their decisions from electoral politics. Crucially, the availability of strategies of electoral insulation depends upon the institutional context in which immigration agencies operate. Of particular significance are the degree of overlap between the jurisdiction of immigration agencies and the constituency of elected officials, the relationship between legislatures and bureaucracies, and the role that partisanship plays in immigration politics. The findings suggest that the institutional context in Germany has allowed bureaucrats to successfully utilize centralized administrative structures to insulate themselves from electoral politics-a bureaucratic strategy which is not available to U.S. bureaucrats.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > immigration policy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2006
    Page Range: p. 49
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:42

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