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Did perception of the economy affect attitudes to immigration at the 2010 British General Election?*

Johnson, Craig ORCID: and Rodger, Sunil 2015. Did perception of the economy affect attitudes to immigration at the 2010 British General Election?*. Social Science Quarterly 96 (5) , pp. 1214-1225. 10.1111/ssqu.12227

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Objective Immigration and the economy were the most salient issues in British politics at the 2010 general election, yet the relationship between them remains unclear. This article questions whether perception of the economic situation influenced hostility to immigration to Britain during the 2010 general election campaign. Method This article employs a logistic regression model using the 2010 British Election Study to test the effect of economic perception and other previously identified factors on hostility to immigration. Results The results show that perception of the economy did have an effect on hostility to immigration at the 2010 British general election. However, the effect is negligible. Conclusion The findings highlight the influence of other factors in predicting hostility to immigration, particularly identity and culture, party identification, and policy-based factors. The prominence of analyzing the effect of economic concerns in determining attitudes to immigration appears misplaced.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0038-4941
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 February 2018
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 03:12

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