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Globalisation and governance : contradictions of neo-liberal migration management

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  • Overbeek, Henk
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    Neo-liberal globalisation has primarily entailed the liberalisation of trade and capital flows, but largely ignored the issue of labour mobility. Most literature on the political economy of globalisation likewise ignores global labour mobility. This paper first asks how globalisation affects human mobility. The conclusion is that globalisation integrates the world population into the global labour market in three principal ways: through accelerated commodification of labour power, through the integration via transnational production of national and regional labour markets, and by various (sometimes new) forms of international labour mobility. Regulation of the global economy is increasingly informalised and privatised, argues the paper. This trend is also noticeable in the governance of migration flows. The emerging de facto international regime for the regulation of migration is at the same time restrictive (to curb undesirable forms of migration and strengthen state control) and liberal (to enhance the deregulation and liberalisation of the global economy). This emerging form of governance largely lacks democratic legitimacy. In the final section the paper argues that a new, democratic, multilateral regime for the regulation of migration flows must be set up which can reflect the interests not just of governments and transnational capital, but those of migrants and the populations at large as well.

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    Paper provided by Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA) in its series HWWA Discussion Papers with number 174.

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    Date of creation: 2002
    Handle: RePEc:zbw:hwwadp:26363
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    1. Ruggie, John Gerard, 1993. "Territoriality and beyond: problematizing modernity in international relations," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 47(01), pages 139-174, December.
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