Campaigns and the Dynamics of Transnational Political Attitudes among Immigrants in the United States
31 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 28 Aug 2011
Date Written: 2011
Researchers investigating the political attitudes and behavior of immigrants in the U.S. have found that pre-migration experiences can shape orientations towards American politics. This paper asks a related question that has not received nearly as much attention: after settling in the U.S., what forces shape immigrants‟ attitudes towards political leaders and parties in their native country? We focus in particular on the contemporary Mexican-born population, and the impact of American campaigning on evaluations of Mexican President Felipe Calderón and the three major parties of Mexico. Two controlled mobilization experiments conducted in the fall of 2008 show that campaign outreach to Mexicans can boost ratings of Calderón and his party, the National Action Party (PAN). These findings speak to concerns that have been raised in Mexico and other migrant-sending nations regarding the extension of absentee voting rights to expatriates.
Keywords: Transnational Political Participation and Attitudes, Political Campaigns, Mexican/Latino Immigrants, Voting Behavior, Field Experiment
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