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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 365N • Diasporas, International MIgration and Development- W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37927 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM

Course Description

Contains a substantial writing component. This course will seek to understand the economic, political and social consequences of international migration (a flow variable) and diasporas on developing countries. The seminar will examine a range of issues. First, is the phenomenon of greater import in the current (and future) context than it has historically been and if so, why? Second, how and why diasporas differ in the forms of engagement with the host country? We will reexamine one aspect of migration and diasporas that has been the subject of many earlier studies: remittances send by immigrants who work in advanced industrial economies to their countries of origin. These effects range from social insurance to their intra- and inter-national distributional effects to their political consequences. We will also try to understand the characteristics and consequences of non-pecuniary remittances. Do diasporas transmit "social" remittances which reshape individual preferences and social norms and thereby becoming a factor for social and political change? Third, the seminar will examine the human capital effects of international migration ranging from the "brain-drain" of limited human capital to brain-gain effects arising from diasporic networks. Fourth, we will analyze the implications for national level politics of diasporic resource flows. There is a strong sense (but limited evidence) that diasporas can be prone to long- distance nationalism, channeling election financing to more polar political parties. In other cases, there is considerable evidence that flows and political support to sub-national groups are fuelling civil wars from Sri Lanka, to the Balkans and the Caucasian region. Is international migration creating a form of transnational social capital and if so, what are the effects on global governance? Finally, the seminar will try to understand developed country responses and, in particular, how "diasporas" are affecting notions of citizenship.

Grading Policy

1. Class Participation: 20 percent 2. Each short paper: 20 percent 3. Research paper: 40 percent


The following book can be obtained at the University Coop. Devesh Kapur and John McHale Give Us Your Best and Brightest: The Global Hunt for Talent and Its Impact on the Developing World Washington D.C. Center for Global Development, 2005. A course packet will be available from Jenn's Copy.


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