Beyond National Models of Integration? A multi-level perspective on agenda dynamics and policy change (NWO, Dutch Science Foundation VENI project)

Beyond National Models of Integration? A multi-level perspective on agenda dynamics and policy change (NWO, Dutch Science Foundation VENI project)
Immigrant integration policies are commonly described in terms of ‘national models of integration’, such as the French Republican model or the Dutch Multicultural model. This idea of consistent and coherent national models is challenged by the increasingly multi-level dynamics of policy agendas in this domain. Integration policies have acquired a multi-level character and waves of public and political attention to integration problems are often unpredictable and uncontrollable. Policies at various levels can follow specific paths of development, involving different ways of defining and acting upon (‘framing’) immigrant integration. This can complicate the effective multi-level governance of immigrant integration. Therefore, this research analyzes the relation between agenda dynamics on local, national and European levels and the multi-level governance of immigrant integration. The project develops a comparative perspective involving the European, national (France, the UK and the Netherlands) and local level (six cities). Peter has received an individual research grant (VENI) for this research project, which will be finished in 2004. See: link.