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See detailSocial Science Research and Public Policies: the Case of Immigration in Belgium
Martiniello, Marco ULg; Florence, Eric ULg

in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (2005), 7(1), 49-67

This paper summarises the major insights of a two-year interuniversity research project carried out between 2001 and 2003. The methodological framework gives a central meaning to the domestic and ... [more ▼]

This paper summarises the major insights of a two-year interuniversity research project carried out between 2001 and 2003. The methodological framework gives a central meaning to the domestic and international political context. After building and analysing a database gathering all Belgian academic research relating to migration and ethnic relations from 1989 to 2002, the two most widely researched domains of education and the labour market were thoroughly investigated in order to assess how social research has affected policy-making and agenda-setting in the field of migration and ethnic relations in Belgium. The weight of history and ideology, the importance of disseminating research results, and the role of institutional structures between research and policy-making, are all highlighted as core determinants of the influence of research. The paper also points to the relevance of an analysis aimed at taking into account the role of different factors – political paradigm, political context, specificity of field, etc. – in the process of knowledge utilisation at the political level. Finally, a series of recommendations are made on improving the links between social science research and policy-making in the field of migration and ethnic relations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Links between Academic Research and Public Policies in the Field of Migration and Ethnic Relations: Selected National Case Studies – Thematic Introduction
Martiniello, Marco ULg; Florence, Eric ULg

in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (2005), 7(1), 3-10

Migration issues are often thought and debated in terms of societal security. The association of migration with a series of social ills such as crime, urban disorder, unemployment, etc. in the mass media ... [more ▼]

Migration issues are often thought and debated in terms of societal security. The association of migration with a series of social ills such as crime, urban disorder, unemployment, etc. in the mass media and in some political statements is common to many countries. In these conditions, the task of social and political scientists is very delicate and complex, as they are asked to produce objective knowledge about a highly politicised set of issues. Could their work not contribute to the over-dramatisation of migration, even though their aim may be exactly the opposite? Is there not a risk for the results of their work to be misinterpreted in order to fit political strategies? [less ▲]

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See detailSocial Science Research and Public Policies: the Case of Immigration in Belgium
Florence, Eric ULg; Martiniello, Marco ULg

in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (2005), Vol.7(n°1), 49-67

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