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Migration in the Global Political Economy

Nicola Phillips, editor
Migration in the Global Political Economy
ISBN: 978-1-58826-762-7
ISBN: 978-1-62637-005-0
2011/338 pages/LC: 2010051934
International Political Economy Yearbook, Volume 17

"Fills a noticeable gap within the IPE literature."—Peter S. Cruttenden, Political Science Review

"[An] excellent volume.... Brings together an impressive list of scholars to provide a comprehensive overview of the political economy of contemporary global migration.... Approachable in style and rich in empirical detail.... For anyone engaged in the study of migration (in any of its forms) and the shape of the global political economy today, this volume is a worthy companion."—Anne McNevin, Perspectives on Politics

"Laden with theoretical insights and rich in substantive analyses.... 12 separate chapters are effectively linked together by a shared theme [and] a high standard of scholarship."—Choice

"This excellent volume renews a tradition of critical social science analysis of migration's role in the international political economy. The focus on capitalism, migration and development, and governance renders it particularly timely."—Mark J. Miller, University of Delaware

"In this welcome volume, a distinguished group of scholars help both to move global migration to the core of IPE and to advance the study of the global political economy of migration."—Gary Freeman, University of Texas at Austin


How does the evolution of global capitalism shape patterns and processes of migration? How does migration in turn shape and intersect with the forces at work in the global economy? How should we understand the relationship between migration and development, and how is migration connected with patterns of poverty and inequality? How are processes of migration and immigration governed in different parts of the world? The authors of Migration in the Global Political Economy tackle these questions in a set of engaging and authoritative chapters.

Mobilizing the core insights of critical IPE scholarship and combining analysis of the big picture with attention to particular regions, countries, and actors, the authors seek to bring the increasingly important processes of migration to the center of  inquiries into globalization and its social underpinnings.


Nicola Phillips is professor of political economy and vice president (education) at King's College London.  Her recent publications include Development (with Anthony Payne) and The Southern Cone Model: The Political Economy of Regional Capitalist Development in Latin America.


  • Migration in the Global Political Economy—N. Phillips.
  • Migration, Minorities, and Welfare States—C-U. Schierup and S. Castles.
  • The Regulation of Labor Markets Through Migration—H. Bauder.
  • Toward a Gendered Political Economy of Migration—N. Piper.
  • The Illegal "Migration Industry"—H.R. Friman.
  • Reinterpreting Migration and Development—R. Skeldon.
  • Migration and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa—O. Bakewell.
  • Migration and Development in Asia—K. Young.
  • Migration and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean—N. Phillips.
  • Borders and Migration in the European Union—A. Geddes.
  • Immigration Reform in the United States—S. Martin.
  • The Governance of Immigration in Australia—J. Collins.
  • Migration and the Global Economic Crisis—N. Phillips.
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