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"De Paisano a Paisano: Mexican Migrants and the Transferrence of Political Attitudes to their Countries of Origin"

Jimenez, Luis Francisco (2009) "De Paisano a Paisano: Mexican Migrants and the Transferrence of Political Attitudes to their Countries of Origin". Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Is there a link between immigration and democratization? Can immigrants transfer democratic values to their countries of origin? If so, what are the implications for the countries in question? This dissertation looks into the theoretical construct of social remittances and tests it empirically using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitatively speaking, this gets tested using survey and aggregate data. Qualitatively speaking, field work was carried out in a number of Mexican States. This work found that migrants do play a role in local politics through the transference of political attitudes. This includes, but is not limited to political participation, the incumbent party's fortunes, the governor's party's coalition's chances for reelection, the overall electoral competitiveness, and third party's share of the vote. This grassroots impact, however is tempered and constrained by the same dynamics that led individuals to migrate in the first place.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jimenez, Luis Franciscoluj1@pitt.eduLUJ1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairAmes,
Committee MemberLiñán, Anibal Perezasp27@pitt.eduASP27
Committee MemberHallerberg,
Committee MemberFinkel,
Date: 28 January 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 12 November 2008
Approval Date: 28 January 2009
Submission Date: 12 December 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: electoral competitiveness; mexican politics; political attitudes; return migrants; social remittances; transnational politics
Other ID:, etd-12122008-102319
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:10
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:54


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