Variations in the Impact of Racial Attitudes on State-Level Policy Diffusion

16 January 2024, Version 1
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This study focuses on the influence of racial attitudes on the adoption and spread of immigration policies across U.S. states, addressing a significant gap in policy diffusion research. While previous studies have primarily considered factors like geographical proximity, ideological alignment, and political similarity, this research highlights the understudied role of racial sentiments. Using a robust case study methodology and event history analysis, the study seeks to confirm the hypothesis that racial attitudes are a key determinant in the landscape of policy adoption. Preliminary findings not only support this hypothesis but also emphasize the profound impact of racial perspectives on the trajectory of immigration policy adoption. Given the contentious nature of immigration issues, understanding these underlying dynamics is crucial for policymakers and stakeholders. In summary, this study aims to shed light on the complex relationship between racial attitudes and immigration policy diffusion, advocating for a more nuanced approach to policy adoption.


Policy Diffusion
Racial Attitudes
Immigration Policy and Partisanship


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