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Serving or controlling ? : conflicting logics of migration policy in Poland after the 2013 Act on Foreigners : a case study of the Department of Foreigners of the Masovian Voivodeship Office

Abstract : The dissertation focuses of Poland's migration policy as seen through the lens of the daily face-to-face interactions between immigrants and civil servants at the Department of Foreigners of the Masovian Voivodeship Office – an institution responsible for the legalization of foreigners' stay in Poland. This specific case is analyzed as a site where different and often divergent logics characteristic of this field of policy come into play and become apparent. Thus, the central question is what can be learned about the configuration and internal dynamics of a field of public policy through an observation of everyday practices of the agents of the Department. While adopting an interactionist perspective, this work draws as well on a literature focused on what can be called « street-level bureaucracy ». It also includes important elements of the neo-institutionalist tradition, notably through the use of the concept of organizational field. An idea central to the approach taken here is that it is possible to throw light on the configuration and the logics characterizing such a field based on an analysis of one of its key actors. Situated between the disciplines of political science and sociology, this work combines a reflection on the process of policy-making with a micro-scale sociological inquiry. Following a qualitative approach, the research consists of a period of participant observation and a series of semi-structured interviews.
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Kaja Skowrońska. Serving or controlling ? : conflicting logics of migration policy in Poland after the 2013 Act on Foreigners : a case study of the Department of Foreigners of the Masovian Voivodeship Office. Political science. Institut d'études politiques de paris - Sciences Po; Instytut filozofii i socjologii (Pologne), 2016. English. ⟨NNT : 2016IEPP0021⟩. ⟨tel-03498730⟩

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