Cast in the Same Mould: How Politics During the Impressionable Years Shapes Attitudes Towards Immigration in Later Life

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Anne-Marie Jeannet

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre

Lenka Dražanová

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre

Date Written: October 1, 2019

Abstract

This study investigates how the tenor of the political climate during a person's youth affects his or her attitudes towards immigration in adulthood. We analyze why cohorts formulate distinct patterns in attitudes towards immigration through a collective process of political socialization during the formative years. The theoretical arguments are tested using hierarchical age-period-cohort modelling across twelve cohorts in nine European countries using micro attitudinal data (2002-2016) integrated with historical macro political data. We find that contextual exposure to principles of equality and tradition in the formative political climate are central to the formulation of a person's attitudes towards immigration later in life. While the prevalence of the principle of equality affects immigration attitudes in adulthood positively, the principle of tradition does so negatively. The findings imply that even subtle and cyclical shifts in national politics affect the political orientations of those undergoing the process of political socialization.

Keywords: political socialization, age-period-cohort analysis, attitudes to immigration, generational change, generational differences, cohort differences, political climate

Suggested Citation

Jeannet, Anne-Marie and Dražanová, Lenka, Cast in the Same Mould: How Politics During the Impressionable Years Shapes Attitudes Towards Immigration in Later Life (October 1, 2019). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2019/79, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3489216 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3489216

Anne-Marie Jeannet (Contact Author)

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Lenka Dražanová

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre ( email )

Villa Malafrasca
Via Boccaccio 151
Florence, I-50133
Italy

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