The impact of narratives on policymaking at the national level
Work Package 7
August 2022 – November 2023
Work Package 7, along with WP8, analyses how different narratives shape, and are deployed in, the political debate and policymaking. Focusing on the national level, WP7 aims to:
- Understand how narratives on migration and integration have evolved over the past decade in national political debates and policymaking.
- Explain the conditions under which different narratives have emerged and gained traction in each country.
- Chart how narratives are received and processed in different policymaking venues.
- Understand the implications of these responses for policy outputs.
This WP conducts comparative analysis on the six European countries covered by WP3 – France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom – over a 10-year period. After mapping the dominant political narratives on migration for each case study, it assesses the influence of these narratives on policy rhetoric and practice, focusing on how policy actors have responded to different narratives.
As a result, seven Working Papers are produced: six of them focusing on each case study and one assessing to what extent different contexts lead to different dynamics between narrative production and policymaking from a cross-national comparative perspective. The conclusions are put together in a Policy Brief aiming to foster facts-based rather than emotions-based policymaking.
Led by: UEDIN (Christina Boswell).