English title: What Motivates You? The Relationship between Preferences for Redistribution and Attitudes toward Immigration
Author(s): Patrick Emmenegger - Robert Klemmensen -
Type: Journal article
The tension between immigration and redistribution has attracted increased attention in recent years. Many authors argue, based on economic self-interest theory, that there is a negative relationship between support for redistribution and preferred levels of immigration. Notwithstanding the role of economic self-interest, there is in fact a multitude of motivations that moderate the relationship between preferences for redistribution and attitudes toward immigration. A model of preferences for immigration shows that self-interested and strongly reciprocal individuals experience a tension between immigration and redistribution, while egalitarians do not experience this tension. Humanitarians express a general willingness to help those who are worse off, immigrants included, but this motivation does not affect their preferences for redistribution.
From page no: 227
To page no: 246
Journal: Comparative politics