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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Tsourapas
 
First Name:
Gerasimos
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
Illiberal Emigration States in World Politics
 
Paper Proposal Text :

As cross-border mobility becomes a key policy issue, political scientists are beginning to focus on non-democracies’ migration and diaspora policies. This paper aims to address these two under-theorised aspect of the growing literature on autocracies’ engagement with citizens and co-ethnics beyond the territorial boundaries of the homeland, via two main research questions: what is the range of diaspora policies developed by autocracies, and what explains policy variation across states? I put forth two arguments: firstly, illiberal emigration states develop multi-tier diaspora policies that target both populations abroad as well as matters of exit and return to the homeland: effectively, they are able to generate, shape, and dismantle diasporas. Secondly, the type of political regime affects illiberal states’ diaspora policies: fully-closed autocracies are likely to develop repressive diaspora policies, whereas electoral authoritarian regimes are likely to develop permissive ones. I employ a paired comparison of four Middle East cases, through a most-different systems design, comparing two fully-closed autocracies (Syria and Libya) and two electoral authoritarian ones (Egypt and Turkey).
 
 
 

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