Dr. Georg Menz is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in September and October 2015. He is Professor of Political Economy at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has published widely on the politics and policies of immigration as well as Comparative Political Economy. His main monographs include Varieties of Capitalism and Europeanization: National Response Strategies to the Single European Market (2005) and The Political Economy of Managed Migration: National Non-State Actors and Europeanization in the Formulation of European Immigration Policies (2009). He has also published articles in such journals as Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Comparative European Politics, and Journal of Common Market Studies.
While at AICGS, his research project will explore the changing political positions of center-right political parties regarding immigration policy in Germany and the U.S. Both the CDU/CSU and the Republicans have embraced significantly more liberal policy positions over the course of the past fifteen years. Labor migration in particular has now been positively embraced, which marks a significant departure from previous positions. This changing stance might be related to the shifting preference of the median voter in both countries and to the influence of particularly well-organized interest groups in shaping the parties’ positions. While much scholarly and media attention has focused on the role of the Far Right in influencing the regulation of immigration, much less is known about the moderate center-right, even though its ideological positioning appears to have shifted quite strongly.
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)