Venue Shopping and Legitimacy : Making Sense of Harper’s Immigration Record

With Lindsay Larios


Canadian immigration policies went through numerous changes under the Conservative party leadership of Stephen Harper from 2006 to 2015. This article provides an empirical account of immigration policy change during this era and suggests that of state-centred venue shopping can effectively account for the Harper’s immigration record. In particular, it documents the ways in which immigration policies have expanded into international and regional venues, opened new venues to non-state actors, further decentralized into subnational venues and reinvested into traditional administrative and executive venues for policy making. The analysis suggests that the redeployment of the state into new and expanding venues aims to demonstrate state capacity and legitimacy as a nodal actor in immigration policy.

Larios, L., Paquet, M. (2018). «Venue Shopping and Legitimacy : Making Sense of Harper’s Immigration Record», Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, p.817-836,  //

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