The Politics of Migration

The Politics of Migration

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The Politics of Migration is an authoritative collection which includes the most important articles and papers that document and analyse the political impact and consequences of migration since World War II. It assesses the impact of migration on class conflict and politics in the host country and the strategies adopted by the state to manage the political activities and demands of new ethnic minority communities. It also covers the rise of racist politics, especially electoral support for anti-immigrant far right parties. Special emphasis is placed on the politics of citizenship and political engagement as the new settlers adopt political strategies in order to combat exclusion, racism and oppression and to achieve recognition and legitimacy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 169 x 244 x 38.1mm | 861.83g
  • Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1858980143
  • 9781858980140

Table of contents

Transnational migration as a small window on the diminished autonomy of the modern democratic state; migration and the political economy of the welfare state; immigrant workers and class struggles in advanced capitalism - the Western European experience; the function of labour immigration in Western European capitalism; racism, migration and the state in Western Europe - a case for comparative analysis; race, class and the state - the Black experience in Britain; class, race ethnicity and political action; non-white minority access to the political agenda in Britain; Right versus Right - immigration and refugee policy in the United States; "What was the profit in following the crowd?" the effectiveness of party strategies on immigration and devolution; migration and citizenship; citizenship and the right to leave; the dynamics of racial exclusion and expulsion - racist politics in Western Europe; immigration and changes in the French party system; policy voting in Britain - the coloured immigration issue in the 1964, 1966 and 1970 General Elections; the National Front vote in the 1977 GLC elections - an aggregate data analysis.
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Review quote

`The politics of migration is an understated dimension of international migration but, perhaps, over the long haul the most important. Immigration affects politics in multiple ways: it introduces potential new actors into a political system, links at least two different polities, and can have an important effect on political institutions and forces on the homeland and the receiving country. Study of the politics of migration was rare until the 1990s. The volume does a good job of bringing together key pieces from the -- 1970s and 1980s.' - Mark J. Miller, Journal of World History `There is a clear western focus, with case studies on Britain, the USA and western European countries. . . the selection does include some true classics and is representative of the field . . . the collection could offer much to the student with an enquiring mind.' -- Patricia Hogwood, Political Studies
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About Robin Cohen

Edited by Robin Cohen, Professor of Development Studies and Director, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford, UK and Zig Layton-Henry, former Professor of Politics and Director, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick, UK
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