Alex Balch

in Managing Labour Migration in Europe

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780719080722
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701805 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the role of ideas, knowledge and policy change in labour migration. This book challenges the usual questions asked about immigration policies and provides new answers about the policy-making process. It presents case studies of Spain and Great Britain, two countries that from quite different backgrounds in terms of immigration policy-making emerged as major labour importers in the European Union since 2000. This work provides evidence of an increasing but variegated role for expertise in policy formation and demonstrates how, and in what ways, national modes of policy-making intervene to resist or facilitate policy convergence via particular types of communities and coalitions.

Keywords: labour migration; ideas; knowledge; policy change; Spain; Great Britain; policy-making

Chapter.  6620 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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