Immigration and the Nation-State

Immigration and the Nation-State : The United States, Germany, and Great Britain

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In this important and timely new study Professor Joppke compares the postwar politics of immigration control and immigrant integration in the United States, Germany, and Britain - three liberal states characterized by sharply distinct nationhood traditions and immigration experiences. Mapping out the many variations between these cases, the book focuses on the impact of immigration in the two key areas of sovereignty and citizenship. In Part 1, the author analyses
the effect of immigration control on state sovereignty, arguing that liberal states are self-limited by interest-group pluralism, autonomous legal systems, and moral obligations toward particular immigrant groups - the weight of these factors differing across particular cases. In Part 2, he
addresses the ways in which immigrant integration impacts upon citizenship, arguing for the continuing relevance of national citizenship for incorporating immigrants, albeit modified by nationally distinct schemes of multiculturalism. In the face of current diagnoses of nation-states weakened by the external forces of globalization and international human rights regimes and discourses, Professor Joppke demonstrates that, in relation to immigration at least, nation-states have proved remarkably
resilient. Not only does this book offer an thorough, insightful examination of the immigration experiences of the USA, Germany, and Britain, it also makes a powerful contribution to the growing macro-sociological and political science literature on immigration, citizenship, and the
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 24mm | 580.61g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0198295405
  • 9780198295402
  • 1,801,901

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provide important insights into the domestic determinants shaping immigration policy today ...Joppkes forthright and forceful assertion of the resilience of the nation-state in managing immigration policy should prove to be as useful and thought-provoking for policymakers as for scholars. * Miriam Feldblum, SAIS Review Winter-Spring 2000 * whether read as political critique or broad analysis, Joppke's study successfully integrates a comparative look at immigration control and immigrant incorporation, policy areas that are too often treated separately. * Miriam Feldblum, SAIS Review Winter-Spring 2000 * his framework is quite useful for differentiating between Great Britain, the United States, and Germany ... Joppke sets up a comparative framework in which to assess the outcome of immigration policies across different national contexts. * Miriam Feldblum, SAIS Review Winter-Spring 2000 * Joppke presents a polemical and far-ranging review. * Miriam Feldblum, SAIS Review Winter-Spring 2000 * an original and interesting selection of case-studies that is well-informed and broad in scope. * Boris Slijper, Royal Inst. of Int. Affairs, Vol.76, No.4, Oct.2000. * well-organized ... well-written * Political Studies, Vol 49, No 4 *
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About Christian Joppke

Christian Joppke is Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence. He is the author of East German Dissidents and the Revolution of 1989 (1995), and the editor of Challenge to the Nation-State (OUP, 1998), and Multicultural Questions (with Steven Lukes, OUP, forthcoming).
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