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The face of the nation : immigration, the state, and the national identity / Keith Fitzgerald.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: JV6483 .F58 1996

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    This innovative work provides both a historical account of the crazy-quilt of legislation dealing with immigration that Congress has passed over the years and a theoretical explanation, building on the "new institutionalism," of how these laws came to be passed. The author shows why immigration is a uniquely revealing policy arena in which a polity chooses what it will be, a collective decision that shapes a nation's identity and defines itself. The book focuses on three aspects of immigration policy: the regulation of admission to the United States for permanent residency, the regulation of admission of people fleeing political repression, and the efforts to cope with the flow of unsanctioned migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border. It identifies the most puzzling features of contemporary immigration policy, asking, Where do these policies come from? Why do they have their special characteristics? The author seeks the answers in modern theories of public policy formation, especially the currently popular new institutionalism. He offers an enhanced version of this approach, which he calls "improvisational institutionalism," and applies it to the paradoxes of immigration policy.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Fitzgerald, Keith A., 1956-
    Published
    Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996
    Locale
    United States
    Contents
    1. Introduction
    2. The Puzzle Immigration Policy and Theories of Policymaking
    3. Institutions, Policymaking, and Immigration Policy
    4. The Development and Expansion of a Sectoral State: Federal Immigrations Policy, 1879-1924
    5. The Articulation of a Sectoral State: Immigration Policy, 1924-41
    6. The Redefinition of the State: Immigration Policy During and After World War II, 1941-52
    7. Establishing the Boundaries for the Contemporary Era, 1951-65
    8. Conclusions: Immigration, the State, and the National Identity.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-274) and index.
    1. Introduction -- 2. The Puzzle Immigration Policy and Theories of Policymaking -- 3. Institutions, Policymaking, and Immigration Policy -- 4. The Development and Expansion of a Sectoral State: Federal Immigrations Policy, 1879-1924 -- 5. The Articulation of a Sectoral State: Immigration Policy, 1924-41 -- 6. The Redefinition of the State: Immigration Policy During and After World War II, 1941-52 -- 7. Establishing the Boundaries for the Contemporary Era, 1951-65 -- 8. Conclusions: Immigration, the State, and the National Identity.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    0804724857
    9780804724852
    Physical Description
    285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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