"Tolerance at what Cost? The Consequences of Redistribution on Multicultural Support"

Migration and Membership in Troubled Times - Ethics, Law and Politics, Seminar Series 2016/17

  • Date: Mar 22, 2017
  • Time: 16:00 - 18:00
  • Speaker: Sara Wallace Goodman (University of California, Irvine)
  • Sara Wallace Goodman is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines democratic inclusion and the shaping of political identity through citizenship, immigrant integration, and education policy. She is the author of Immigration and Membership Politics in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her work has also appeared in Comparative Political Studies, World Politics, West European Politics, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
"Tolerance at what Cost? The Consequences of Redistribution on Multicultural Support"

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Why do individuals support multiculturalism? Studies show that valuing abstract or “soft” principles of diversity are easy acknowledge in principle (Citrin et al. 2001), but how does support vary if recognition of diversity takes on a cost, transforming it from a net-gain or “public good” to a zero-sum decision or competition over scarce resources? This paper presents a series of survey experiments that examine both economic and symbolic cost-benefits of multicultural support. Through vignettes designed to tap into redistributive preferences for multiculturalism for both immigrants and national minorities, the paper aims to draw a larger set of conclusions about toleration and accommodation in liberal democracies.

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