Theorizing migration policy: Is there a third way?

Christina Boswell*

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This article critically reviews theories of migration policy according to two criteria: methodological rigor and explanatory plausibility. It finds that political economy accounts are theoretically robust, but at the price of oversimplification. Neo-institutional theories offer more sophisticated accounts, but fall short on a number of methodological and explanatory counts. As an alternative, this article suggests a theory focusing on the functional imperatives of the state in the area of migration, which shape its responses to societal interests and institutional structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-100
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007


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