Handbook of the International Political Economy of Migration

Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series

Edited by Leila Simona Talani, Chair in International Political Economy, European and International Studies Department, King’s College London and Simon McMahon, Research Fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK

This Handbook discusses theoretical approaches to migration studies in general, as well as confronting various issues in international migration from a distinctive international political economy perspective. It examines migration as part of a global political economy whilst addressing the theoretical debate relating to the capacity of the state to control international migration and the so called ‘policy gap’ or ‘gap hypothesis’ between migration policies and their outcomes.

‘Recent years has seen a flowering of International Relations and IPE approaches to international migration. The subject, indeed, poses a challenge to existing paradigms, as a key dimension of globalisation and the complex de- and re-bordering of politics and society worldwide. Talani and McMahon have done a great service for the field in preparing this excellent collection of overviews that will be an essential tool in teaching and research.’
– Adrian Favell, University of Leeds, UK

‘This superb Handbook provides an indispensable guide to what is arguably the most serious political and humanitarian crisis of our time. Including chapters by numerous leading scholars in the field of migration studies, the Handbook is distinctive not only because of its international political economy orientation, but also because of its comprehensiveness: the Handbook combines sustained theoretical and conceptual engagement as it engages with the most important migration crises in North America, Europe, and Asia.’
– Alan Cafruny, Hamilton College, US

‘An excellent book on one of the most pressing issues of our time: international migration. By bringing together the dominant approaches in the literature, and applying them to a broad spectrum of migration problems, this book sets a standard for academics and policymakers.’
– Stefan Collignon, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy and University of Hamburg, Germany

‘The editors have amassed an impressive range of international experts on the political economy of migration to create an invaluable teaching resource on the subject for many years to come.’
– Vassilis K. Fouskas, University of East London, UK

2017 448 pp Paperback 978 1 78643 845 4 £42.00 £33.60 $69.00 $55.20
2015 448 pp Hardback 978 1 78254 989 5 £155.00 £139.50 $225.00 $202.50

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