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Title: Immigration Control in Italian Political Elite Debates: Political Discourse Analysis of Immigration Policy in
Author: Magnani, Natalia
ISNI:       0000 0001 3616 3934
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This dissertation studies the emergence and the development of an immigration and asylum control policy in Italy over the last twenty-five years. The theoretical and methodological background of the research is a discourse-analytical approach to public policy. My analysis is therefore focused on official political discourse about immigration control and my main data are parliamentary debates concerning the most important Italian immigration acts passed from the early 80s to the present. The general aim of the thesis is to challenge the taken for granted nature of contemporary immigration policies by showing in the specific case of Italy how the meaning of the immigration control problem was constructed differently across time and across the political spectrum by the political elite. I also show that by defining the problem space Italian political elite discourse has conditioned the possible policy on the issue, rather than merely legitimising it ex post. In each Chapter ofmy thesis I deal with a different stage ofthe history ofItalian immigration control policy and I highlight the emergence, consolidation and transformation across political parties and political coalitions of different arguments, narratives and stories in relation to the nature of the immigration problem and the rationale for itS regulation. I then examine the policy devices that: were consistently advocated. My research also aims at understanding under what conditions and for what reasons the Italian elite discourse on migration control has been articulated in a certain form and why it has been changed or maintained. I show that the conditions of possibility of a certain political discourse about migration, and consequently of a certain immigration policy, are subject to change and are influenced by the interaction of multiple factors. Among them a crucial role is played by contingent party political struggle; mutual discursive positioning; pre-existing discursive structure on the migration policy issue; political ideologies; representations of national identity; transformations in the structure of political institutions and the impact of Europe and the ED policy on internal narratives about national identity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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