Not available in 2019/20
IR347 Half Unit
Political Economy of International Labour Migration
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Covadonga Meseguer
This course is available on the BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and Chinese, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
The mobility of workers is one of the pillars of globalisation. However and surprisingly, international political economists have paid less attention to the political causes and consequences of international migration in comparison to that paid to other aspects of globalisation such as trade or finance. In this course, we shall employ a political economy perspective to study the historical evolution of migration policy, the relationship between trade and migration, and the political causes and consequences of migration flows. I shall place special emphasis on the study of the political consequences of migration for sending (rather than receiving) countries. We shall also pay attention to an important capital flow associated to international migration: remittances. Rather than focusing on the economic/developmental consequences of remittances, we shall discuss how remittances impact political outcomes as diverse as democratisation, the survival of dictatorships, political clientelism, corruption, political participation, and political accountability.
Week 1. Overview and Introduction
Week 2. Labour Flows and Economic Theory.
Week 3. Causes of International Labour Flows: Economics and Politics.
Week 4. Trade and International Migration in Historical Perspective.
Week 5. The Making of Migration Policy (I): Interests and Institutions.
Week 6. Reading Week
Week 7. The Making of Migration Policy (II): Immigration, the Economy, and Public Opinion.
Week 8. International Migration and International Cooperation
Week 9. Economic Consequences of International Labour Migration for Sending Countries: Remittances.
Week 10. Political Consequences of International Labour Migration for Sending Countries (I): Autocracies.
Week 11. Political Consequences of International Labour Migration for Sending Countries (II): New Democracies.
10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.
Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay and 1 presentation in the LT.
Students are expected to write 1 essay (1500 words).
Students are expected to make one class presentation.
Rosenblum, M and Tichenor, D (eds). 2012. The Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hatton, T and J. Williamson. 2005. Global Migration and World Economy. Two Centuries of Policy and Performance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Moses, J.W. 2011. Emigration and Political Development. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Kapur, D. 2010. Diaspora, Development, and Democracy: The Domestic Impact of International Migration from India. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Solimano, A. 2010. International Migration in the Age of Crisis and Globalization: New York: Cambridge University Press.
Essay (100%, 2000 words).
Department: International Relations
Total students 2018/19: 10
Average class size 2018/19: 10
Capped 2018/19: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working