Evaluating Dynamic Explanations for Immigration Legislation
The research tests the association between political, economic, and event variables and major United States immigration legislation passed during the post New Deal era. Eight individual pieces of legislation are selected and determined to be either liberalizing or restrictive in intent, and the passage of the legislation is evaluated through the lens of the three variables. A case study approach is used to isolate the independent influence that each of the three variables, or classes of explanation, had on the intent of the immigration legislation. In addition, dynamic interaction between the explanations is considered. Relevant public opinion polls are utilized to ascertain the saliency of the topic of immigration and the individual variables being considered. It is determined that the event environment present at the birth of each piece of legislation is the best predictor of the type of immigration legislation passed.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Emigration and immigration law -- United States; Immigrants -- United States; United States -- Emigration and immigration
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Bulkley, Celeste, "Evaluating Dynamic Explanations for Immigration Legislation" (2004). HIM 1990-2015. 372.