Candidate-Centered Campaigning and the Incorporation of Immigrants into the U.S. Party System

40 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 27 Aug 2009

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

As the size of the foreign-born population in the United States has climbed, political scientists have directed more attention to the forces that encourage or impede immigrant incorporation into the party system. Using a large two-wave panel survey of Mexican immigrants administered in the fall of 2008, we examine whether candidate-centered campaign ads targeting Latinos can foster partisanship among Mexicans. We find strong evidence for this, but over the long-term these effects vary considerably based on regional contexts.

Keywords: partisanship, immigrants, campaigns

Suggested Citation

McCann, James A. and Connaughton, Stacey L. and Nishikawa, Katsuo A., Candidate-Centered Campaigning and the Incorporation of Immigrants into the U.S. Party System (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1451412

James A. McCann (Contact Author)

Purdue University ( email )

Department of Political Science
Beering Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States

Stacey L. Connaughton

Independent ( email )

Katsuo A. Nishikawa

Trinity University ( email )

San Antonio, TX 78212
United States
210 999 8345 (Phone)

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