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Where and why can expatriates vote in regional elections? A comparative analysis of regional electoral practices in Europe and North America
Arrighi, Jean-Thomas; Lafleur, Jean-Michel
2019In Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
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Keywords :
diaspora; voting; region; scotland; flanders; politics; Flandre; Ecosse; région; mexico; migrante; politica; émigration; droit de vote; voto
Abstract :
[en] The article constitutes the first systematic attempt to survey and account for the enfranchisement of non-resident citizens in regional elections. Shifting the focus away from the state to the regional demos, it is divided into two parts. First, it examines whether the spectacular horizontal diffusion of external voting legislation widely observed in existing scholarship has also spread vertically to regional elections, through a comparative overview of the conditions of eligibility to the regional franchise in 292 American and European regions. The remarkable diversity of regional electoral arrangements both within and across states calls for a more in-depth explanatory analysis of the ‘micro- foundations of diaspora policy’ in specific regions. The second part thus compares two negative cases, Flanders and Scotland, where expanding the franchise to expatriates has been seriously considered and yet ultimately failed. It goes on to examine the frustrated outcome in the light of three dimensions of the political opportunity structure: whether the region has the power to alter the composition of the demos (self-determination powers), the expected electoral gains and losses among political parties within the regional party system (electoral interests), and the (in)compatibility of extending the suffrage to expatriates with the pursuit of autonomy goals (self-determination aims).
Disciplines :
Political science, public administration & international relations
Author, co-author :
Arrighi, Jean-Thomas;  Université de Neufchâtel > NCCR On the Move
Lafleur, Jean-Michel  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Centre d'études de l'ethnicité et des migrations (CEDEM)
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Title :
Where and why can expatriates vote in regional elections? A comparative analysis of regional electoral practices in Europe and North America
Alternative titles :
[fr] Le droit de vote des émigrés aux élections régionales dans leur pays d'origine
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Journal title :
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Publisher :
Taylor and Francis
Special issue title :
The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics
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Funders :
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique [BE]
SNSF - Swiss National Science Foundation [CH]
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