Eugenic ideas, political interests, and policy variance - Immigration and sterilization policy in Britain and the US

Authors
Citation
R. Hansen et D. King, Eugenic ideas, political interests, and policy variance - Immigration and sterilization policy in Britain and the US, WORLD POLIT, 53(2), 2001, pp. 237
Citations number
50
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Politucal Science & public Administration
Journal title
WORLD POLITICS
ISSN journal
0043-8871 → ACNP
Volume
53
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8871(200101)53:2<237:EIPIAP>2.0.ZU;2-G
Abstract
A burgeoning literature in comparative politics has sought to incorporate i deas into political analysis. In this article the authors categorize the ma in ways in which this incorporation has occurred-ideas as culture, ideas as expert knowledge, ideas as solutions to collective action problems, and id eas as programmatic beliefs-and explicate the different assumptions about c ausality and the permanence of ideas implied by these different frameworks. This theoretical exercise is then applied to an empirical examination of e ugenic ideas about sterilization and immigration and their influence on pub lic policy in Britain and the United States between the world wars. Given t hat ideational ideas were (broadly) equally powerful in both countries, the cases provide a basis for shedding light on when and how extant ideational frameworks influence public policy. Employing primary sources the authors conclude that ideas remain powerful expressions of societal interests but d epend upon key carriers to realize such expressions.