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Rechtspopulistische Parteien und Migrationspolitik in der Schweiz

English title Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties and Politics of Migration in Switzerland
Applicant D'Amato Gianni
Number 101041
Funding scheme NRP 40+ Right-wing Extremism - Causes and Counter-measures
Research institution Forum Suisse pour l'étude des migrations et de la population
Institution of higher education University of Neuchatel - NE
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.02.2004 - 30.04.2007
Approved amount 269'103.00
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Discipline
Political science
General history (without pre-and early history)
Sociology

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
Radical right-wing populist parties and politics of migration in Switzerland

The research project scrutinizes the development of radical right-wing populist parties from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The main focus is on the interdependence between these parties and the politics of migration in Switzerland. By exploring Swiss migration policy during the last twenty years, assessments will be presented on the material impact of radical right-wing populist parties on different types of migration policy.

Background
During the last decade, we have witnessed the emergence and consolidation of radical right-wing populist parties in most of Western European democracies. Their political agenda, public campaigns, and election successes have attracted increasing public and scientific attention. Moreover, it appears that migration policy has become one of the most contentious themes in contemporary Western societies. In this respect Switzerland makes no exception, and it is even more important to note that the country has a long tradition of rightwing populism in form of anti-immigrant parties. Nonetheless, comprehensive studies on Swiss radical right-wing populist parties are widely missing.

Aims and methods
The first research objective is to scrutinize organizational, structural and electoral development of these parties from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The second, more specific goal is to carry out a systematic analysis of the migration agenda and action repertoires of radical right-wing populist parties and the subsequent influence on the field of migration policy. Finally, the third objective consists of examining the interdependence between the official migration policy, modelled by state authorities and policy-makers, and the political actions and reactions of radical right-wing populist
parties.
The project applies a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. An important aim of the research work is to establish a wide-ranging inventory of sources and documents produced by radical right-wing populist parties. Additionally, interviews, media reports, and government and commission reports will be part of the source collection.

Significance
Since the Swiss case is poorly represented in cross-national studies, it is an important objective to create solid scientific foundations on which to compare developments of Swiss radical right-wing parties with those in other Western democracies.The research will also provide valuable contributions to the area of migration studies, since the comprehensive analysis of the migration agenda of these parties and their material impact on migration policy have been largely underexplored thus far. . There are also various activities planned to present the findings to the general public, policy-makers and private services dealing with migration policies.


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