International Migration and Trading Regimes: Nafta and the EU in Interdisciplinary Perspective
Bocconi School of Law Student-Edited Papers, No. 2009-05/EN
LAW & GLOBALIZATION, Bocconi School of Law Student-Edited Papers, ed., VDM Publishing, 2009
Posted: 23 Aug 2009
Date Written: August 21, 2009
This paper investigates the policy arguments underpinning the relationship between free trade and migration, as embodied in the regulatory choices made in two of the most significant experiments of international economic cooperation, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the European Union. Prof Bhandari recognizes that legal regimes relating to trade and migration do not so much rely on independent normative underpinnings, capable of imposing particular choices ‘by necessity,' but ought rather to be traced back to a wealth of other policy and practical considerations, such as voter preferences, as well as more general concerns about financial well-being or social cohesion. In order to shed light on the possible rationales for the different regulatory choices observed within the framework of NAFTA and the European Union, the author therefore brings to bear on the problem a wealth of different perspectives, such as those advanced in economics, political science, public choice theory and sociology, to name but a few.
Keywords: NAFTA, EU, International Migration, Free Trade, Trading Regimes, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Choice, Bocconi Legal Papers
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