English title: What Motivates You? The Relationship between Preferences for Redistribution and Attitudes toward Immigration

Author(s): Patrick Emmenegger - Robert Klemmensen -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013


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.

Volume: 45

Issue: 2

From page no: 227

To page no: 246

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.2307/41714184

Journal: Comparative politics

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