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A ‘distributive regime’: rethinking global migration control

Punter, Dagmar E., van der Veen, Hasse, van Wingerden, Enrike and Vigneswaran, Darshan (2019) A ‘distributive regime’: rethinking global migration control. Political Geography, 70. pp. 117-126. ISSN 0962-6298

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.01.014


International regimes govern how officials address specific issue areas in global politics. There is a deep and unresolved debate as to whether we can speak of an international migration regime. This article seeks to develop the theoretical language to resolve this debate. We introduce the concept of a ‘distributive regime’: a structure that coordinates movement and settlement control practices in ways that engender ideal distributions of populations across space. The paper demonstrates the discriminatory power of this concept by using it to shed light on analogous forms of movement and settlement control in the study of slavery and incarceration. We then suggest that we could resolve the extant debate about the status of the international migration regime by further exploring the hypothesis that contemporary migration control practices are coordinated in ways that achieve a distributive effect.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 09:06
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 22:15

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