States Against Migrants: Deportation in Germany and the United States

States Against Migrants: Deportation in Germany and the United States

by Antje Ellermann
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521515688

ISBN-13: 9780521515689

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this comparative study of the contemporary politics of deportation in Germany and the United States, Antje Ellermann analyzes the capacity of the liberal democratic state to control individuals within its borders. The book grapples with the question of why, in the 1990s, Germany responded to vociferous public demands for stricter immigration control by passing

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In this comparative study of the contemporary politics of deportation in Germany and the United States, Antje Ellermann analyzes the capacity of the liberal democratic state to control individuals within its borders. The book grapples with the question of why, in the 1990s, Germany responded to vociferous public demands for stricter immigration control by passing and implementing far-reaching policy reforms, while the United States failed to effectively respond to a comparable public mandate. Drawing on extensive field interviews, Ellermann finds that these crossnational differences reflect institutionally determined variations in socially coercive state capacity. By tracing the politics of deportation across the evolution of the policy cycle, beginning with anti-immigrant populist backlash and ending in the expulsion of migrants by deportation bureaucrats, Ellermann is also able to show that the conditions underlying state capacity systematically vary across policy stages. Whereas the ability to make socially coercive law is contingent on strong institutional linkages between the public and legislators, the capacity for implementation depends on the political insulation of bureaucrats.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521515689
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. A Theory of Socially Coercive State Capacity; 2. The Legislative Politics of Migration Control; 3. Deportation and the Executive Politics of Implementation; 4. Deportation and the Street-Level Politics of Implementation; 5. Conclusion.

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