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Migration: The Boundaries of Equality and Justice

ISBN: 978-0-7456-3007-6
200 pages
June 2003, Polity
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The freedom to choose where to live and work is a fundamental right in liberal societies. The moral equality of persons is the basic principle of democratic politics. But liberal democracy has no coherent theory of boundaries, or how members should be selected for political communities. The global economy requires mobility across borders, but liberal democracy cannot reconcile the demands of footloose and rivalrous economic agents with the human needs of sedentary and vulnerable populations.


These are urgent issues for the new century, as the upsurge of nationalist, authoritarian and racist movements threatens the liberal democratic order. Mass migrations in search of political freedom and economic opportunity expose incoherence in states’ policies, and in theories of equality and justice. Whilst globalization allows new opportunities for mobility and membership in a chosen community, claims for income support or humanitarian protection are viewed as signs of moral defectiveness. In this book, Bill Jordan and Franck Düvell offer an alternative to market-driven regimes for migration management, which select those able to make economic contributions, whilst confining vulnerable outsiders to impoverished and excluded communities of fate.

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Preface and Acknowledgements.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Issues and Perspectives.

Chapter 2: The New Model of Global Governance.

Chapter 3: The Political Model of Migration.

Chapter 4: Cosmopolitan Economic Membership.

Chapter 5: Global Equality and Justice.

Notes.

Index
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Bill Jordan is Professor of Social Policy at Exeter and Huddersfield Universities and Reader in Social Policy at London Metropolitan University. Dr Franck Düvell is Research Fellow at Exeter University and Lecturer at the University of Bremen
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  • Offers an alternative to market-driven regimes for migration management, which select only those able to make economic contributions.

  • Shows that liberal democracy has no coherent theory of how members should be selected for political communities - the demands of footloose economic agents cannot be reconciles with the needs of vulnerable populations.

  • Exposes incoherence in states’ policies, and in theories of equality and justice.

  • Includes new research evidence on transnational nomadism.
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"This is an innovative, thought-provoking and well-informed book that should be useful to all those interested in immigration policy, and in globalization and its implications. Hopefully, given its substance and arguments, this book will be read as much by policy-makers and practitioners as by those studying and researching the subject of migration policy and global human movement." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

"This is an excellent book. ... It deals in an illuminating and original way with a range of issues that are fundamental to the contemporary world." Alan Carling, University of Bradford

"The text moves the debate on migration and mobility to a new place and level, raising vital questions and offering perspectives that are both original and challenging for anybody working in the field." Phillip Cole, Middlesex University


"In a world on the move, we can no longer assume the division of humanity into bordered entities as a given. Using current immigration issues as a starting point, Jordan and Duvell venture boldly beyond ordinary policy concerns to recast theories of equality and justice." Aristide R. Zolberg, Graduate Faculty, New School University, New York

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