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1st Edition

International Migration and Globalization of Domestic Politics

Edited By

Rey Koslowski

ISBN 9780415429672
Published December 5, 2006 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Increasing international migration, the information revolution and democratization have propelled a globalization of the domestic politics of many states and, although diasporic politics is not new, emigrant political participation in homeland politics has grown as well as adapted to the new methods of the information revolution. This book examines the participation of emigrants in their home country politics. It considers the consequences of such participation for domestic and foreign policies in both host and home country, and explores the theoretical implications for democracy, nationalism, the state and the shape of world politics in the future. It includes detailed case studies of Turkish emigrants in Europe, the US and Saudi Arabia, Kurds in Europe, Israeli emigrants and the American Jewish community, Mexicans in the US, Chinese throughout the Pacific Rim, Indians in the US and Russians who found themselves outside Russia when the Soviet Union collapsed.

By providing extensive documentation of emigrant political activity with significant impact on homeland politics and foreign policies, this work provides ammunition to the argument that international migration, globalization and transnational phenomena pose serious challenges to the state and the international system of states. It will be of interest to anthropologists, sociologists and area studies specialists as well as political science and international relations scholars.

Table of Contents

1. International migration and the globalization of domestic politics: a conceptual framework  2. Immigrant organizations and the globalization of Turkey's domestic politics  3. Mobilizing ethnic conflict: Kurdish separatism in Germany and the PKK  4. Israelis in a Jewish diaspora: the dilemmas of a globalized group  5. Migrant membership as an instituted process: transnationalization, the state and the extra-territorial conduct of mexican politics  6. Politics from outside: Chinese overseas and political and economic change in China  7. Opposing constructions and agendas: the politics of Hindu and Indian American organizations  8. A marooned diaspora: ethnic Russians in the Near Abroad and their impact on Russia's foreign policy and domestic politics


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Rey Koslowski is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University Newark. He has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Princeton University and Georgetown University. He is author of Migrants and Citizens: Demographic Change in the European States System and co-editor of Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives.