Forced Migration and Global Politics
Authors: Alexander Betts
Publication date: June 2009
Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, millions of people have been forced to flee their homes. The causes and consequences of this and international responses to displacement lie at the very heart of world politics; however, these important issues have been largely neglected by its primary discipline: International Relations. Redressing this gap, the book systematically applies International Relations (IR) theory to the international politics of forced migration. This represents the first textbook to merge conceptual tools of IR with empirical analysis of forced migration. It explains the central debates and concepts of IR – International Relations theories, sovereignty and statehood, security, international cooperation, global governance, global North–South relations, globalization, and regionalism – and highlights their relevance to forced migration.
Using examples and in-depth case studies, Forced Migration and Global Politics adopts a ground-breaking approach to offer valuable insights to an issue of increasing complexity and importance in today's world.
Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor and Director, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, City University of New York (CUNY)
B.S. Chimni, Professor of International Law, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).