Imagining Better Refugee Policy

Arthur C. Helton

in The Price of Indifference

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250318
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599477 | DOI:
 Imagining Better Refugee Policy

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Different policy futures could result from preferences such as containment, international cooperation, or taking a proactive approach. The continuing problem of forced displacement makes international cooperation and proactive policy important objectives. Yet, achieving cooperative arrangements in the midst of crisis can be difficult. Policy reform may thus depend on marshalling and promoting a variety of counter‐intuitive factors and motivations in advance of crisis—i.e., leadership. In order to foster more international cooperation on refugee arrangements, an international organizational mechanism is needed to map out the interests and incentives to promote more concerted and sustainable humanitarian policy.

Keywords: containment; forced displacement; humanitarian policy; international cooperation; international organizations; leadership; policy futures; policy reform; proactivity; refugee policy

Chapter.  7259 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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