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Immigration Studies Initiative: Lauren McLaren

“National Identity, Mass Migration, and Perceptions of Political Systems in Europe”

Wed, September 5, 2012 | BAT 5.108

12:30 PM

The first Immigration Studies Initiative visiting speaker for 2012-13 is Lauren McLaren, Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham (UK). McLaren is also the Associate Editor of Political Studies.

Talk Title: “National Identity, Mass Migration, and Perceptions of Political Systems in Europe”

Abstract: Early theories about support for political systems indicated that affection for one’s national community should be related to attitudes to specific components of the nation-state’s political system. However, we know very little about whether these are, in fact, related to one another. Using a rare survey that includes items measuring connection to national community, perceptions of what it means to be a country-national, and trust in various aspects of the political system, this paper shows that strong attachment to national community may help to produce positive perceptions of the political system, as predicted by these early theories. The paper also contends that in the modern age of mass immigration, emphasis on differing components of national identity is likely to have variable effects on perceptions of political systems and that official government policies toward newcomers moderate this relationship.

Day: Wednesday, September 5th

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: BAT 5.108

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