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Fiaz, Hassan (2019) 'Implications of Migration for the Contemporary State: Paradoxes of Conventional Statehood in Liberal World Order.' St Antony's Review of International Relations, 15 (1). pp. 133-152.

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Predominant theories of international relations have conceptualised the state as a self-evidently autonomous legal entity, primary source of world power, and the predominant if not exclusive arbiter of authority over its populace. This specific and somewhat static conception of the state has considerably influenced ways in which contemporary migration has been constructed in literature and referred to in policy circles. Beginning with a literature review of the ways in which more nuanced and complex understandings of the state have evolved beyond this conceptualisation, as well as the significance of these understandings for scholarship on migration politics, this paper contextualises the state-migration paradigm within a wider backdrop of liberal order and globalised economic forces, in order to evaluate the migratory implications for contemporary statehood. This critical juxtaposition will illustrate the relationship between migration and the contemporary state as providing a potent framework for exposing a ‘liberal paradox’, in which competing global economic and domestic security issues vie for prominence. The functional implications arising from the different ways in which states navigate this paradox will be explored through case studies focussing on sovereignty and national identity, economic development, and subversive transnationalism, in which divergent economic and political considerations have driven state responses to migration. This paper demonstrates that migration creates complex and interrelated implications for each of the main components of statehood – a territory defined by physical borders, a distinct population subject to its control, and a sovereign capacity to govern its citizens. Challenging the notion that these characteristics represent immovable virtues of the state, this paper will use migration as a framework to explore their malleability, alongside a critical analysis of how these characteristics have influenced the ways in which governments understand

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy
ISSN: 1746451X
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 07:31
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/31187
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