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Immigration, Security, and the Liberal State

The Politics of Migration Regulation in Europe and the United States

Author(s): Gallya Lahav, Anthony M. Messina

ISBN: 9781009297998
Publication Date: 18/1/24
Pages: 514
Format: Paperback
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Contextualizing the regulation of human mobility in a new security framework, this book offers an original perspective on the dominant mode of politics and evolving norms shaping the immigration policies of contemporary liberal states. In doing so, the authors challenge existing paradigms that privilege economic and cultural factors over new security ones in explaining the critical institutional and normative changes in migration management, from the early post-WWII through the post-Cold War era. Drawing on evidence from multiple sources, including media and elite discourse, policy tracking, party manifesto data and public opinion across Europe and the US, the book exposes the restrictive nature of immigration politics and policies when immigration is framed as a security threat, and considers its implications for civil liberties. Informed by a rich breadth of scholarly sub-disciplines, the findings contribute both empirically and theoretically to the literatures on international migration, security and public opinion.

  • Makes original theoretical and empirical contributions to the scholarship on the politics of contemporary immigration, suggesting a paradigm shift from the traditional model of embedded liberalism guiding migration scholarship in the international field
  • Identifies new forms of state power by disaggregating policy actors and venues in immigration regulation and policy implementation
  • Elaborates the psychological underpinnings of political behavior in order to illuminate the complex relationship between media, elites and public opinion