2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

The Governmental Politics Model and the Refugee Act of 1980


Kyra M. Cooper
Dr. Randy Hagerty, Faculty Mentor

Prevalent international crises following World War II emphasized the importance for the United States to develop and implement an encompassing refugee policy. The resulting legislation, the Refugee Act of 1980, established the first comprehensive refugee policy for the United States. This paper applies Graham Allison’s Governmental Politics model to the development of the Refugee Act of 1980 by examining Congressional committee hearings, floor debates, statements by influential policymakers, and presidential signing statements to determine the actors and forces that directed the creation of this policy. This paper will further test the utility of the Governmental Politics model to examine the policy formulation process.

Keywords: Policy Analysis, Political Science, Refugee Act, Public Policy, Refugee Policy, Model-based, Governmental Politics, Formulation

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 209-1
Location: VH 1212
Time: 9:30

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