Barbara Buckinx – Non-Domination Through Citizenship

Monday, January 14
Social Sciences Building 102
UC San Diego

Non-Domination through Citizenship

Barbara Buckinx, Visiting Scholar, UC San Diego Center on Global Justice; recently of Goethe (Frankfurt), Brown, and Princeton Universities

Scholars such as David Miller rely on civic republican ideas about the normative importance of the state to defend a restrictive citizenship regime. I argue that republicanism instead mandates an inclusive membership policy, and that all non-temporary residents ought to be given access to the status of citizenship and its associated privileges. After all, the republican state can fulfill its function only when its law is non-arbitrary, and this obtains only when all those who are subject to the state’s rule have the necessary means at their disposal to force the state to take their interests into account. Against Iseult Honohan, I argue that a waiting period for citizenship acquisition can also not be justified. Finally, I consider and reject three alternatives to the extension of citizenship to residents: non-citizen voting, legal protections, and cosmopolitan citizenship.

The paper will be posted at by 5 PM, Thursday, Jan 10.

For more information, please contact Gerry Mackie

Chris Haynes – Empathy & Immigration Policy Preferences: The Interactive Pathway for Permissive Change

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Seminar to be held on Monday, November 26th in ERC 115 at 12:00 pm

Social psychology research has shown that priming both emotion-giving and perspective-taking empathy can increase positive attitudes towards other groups.  Yet, political scientists have yet to explore the attitudinal implications of this emotional construct in a political context.  However, in a previous pilot study of students,  Chris Haynes finds evidence that empathy can have a permissive effect on people’s immigration policy preferences.  Here, he builds on these insights by presenting the results of two experiments, one laboratory and one online M-Turk, which evaluate the following expectations:  First, he argues that while empathy is multidimensional, empathic effects on immigration policy preferences depend largely on the presence of both emotion-giving and perspective-taking empathy.  Second,  he asserts that these effects will be moderated by the permissive effects of dispositional empathy.    In the first laboratory study of temp agency supplied participants from California, he finds that dispositional empathy moderates permissive change as expected.   In the second national M-Turk study, he finds support for his interactive understanding of empathy in addition to dispositional empathy as a moderator.  He then discusses the implications of these findings.

Chris Haynes is a PhD candidate in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and CCIS Pre-Doctoral Fellow.  His NSF-funded dissertation examines the effects of empathy in the context of immigration policy preferences.  More broadly, his research includes a book manuscript on the framing effects on public opinion on immigration, working papers on Asian-American co-ethnic linked fate, the implications of ethnic media consumption on the political knowledge of Latinos, Asian-Americans, and African-Americans, and work with the second iteration of the National Asian American Survey.


Post-Election Roundtable Discussion: Ethnic Politics and the Politics of Immigration Reform

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Tuesday, November 13th in ERC 115 at 12:30 pm

A Roundtable Discussion on the 2012 Presidential Elections: Ethnic Politics and the Politics of  Immigration Reform

1. Marisa Abrajano, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UCSD

2. Efren Perez, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

3. Tom Wong, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UCSD