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Does Implementation Matter? Information Administration Practices and Shifting Immigrant Strategies in four Member States - IAPASIS, EUR 21703

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00001


Immigration policy outcomes differ widely among EU Member States despite convergence at the decision level. Our aim in this study has been to highlight some of the mechanisms involved in policy implementation, which may account for the differing degrees of success in achieving the desired goals. This project has, more specifically, sought to assess the impact of the organisational culture of public institutions on the implementation of policy measures, to investigate the role played by identity processes in the interaction between public officials and immigrants, to assess the similarities and differences among the four Member States under examination with regard to the above two elements, to study the ways immigrants make sense of the institutional environment of the host country and how they adapt their plans and survival strategies to it, and to suggest how the findings of this research may be taken into account in policy design and implementation.
We have identified the main values and ideologies that guide the implementation practices of each service within each country and, where relevant, have taken note of the internal differentiation of such ideologies within different administrative services. We have highlighted how these ideologies underpin and justify specific kinds of discretionary practices in each country; thus identifying the nationally specific ways national preferences and market ideologies are combined at the micro -level of immigration policy implementation. We, therefore, critically revised our initial comparative dimensions based on the 'old' versus 'new' host countries, rational and efficient versus clientelistic and inefficient administration systems, and ethnic versus civic views of the nation.

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