State of the Art: Comparative Political Economy and International Migration

Socio-Economic Review, doi: 10.1093/ser/mww026

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 Last revised: 28 Oct 2016

See all articles by Alexandre Afonso

Alexandre Afonso

Leiden University

Camilla Devitt

Trinity College (Dublin) - Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Date Written: October 20, 2016

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the literature connecting comparative political economy and international migration in advanced industrialised countries with a focus on the relationship between labour migration, labour markets and welfare institutions. Immigration flows and policies are considered both as independent (how migration shapes capitalist institutions) and dependent variables (how migration flows and policies are shaped by capitalist institutions). First, we discuss the impact of international migration on labour market institutions, welfare states and skill production regimes. Second, we discuss how labour market institutions and welfare arrangements shape migrant inflows and migration policies, notably via the structuration of interests of employers, organised labour and governments. We emphasise the ideas of liberalisation, segmentation, substitution and complementarity to grasp the relationship between immigration and labour market institutions.

Keywords: immigration, comparative political economy, varieties of capitalism, labour, employers

JEL Classification: F22, P16, P51

Suggested Citation

Afonso, Alexandre and Devitt, Camilla, State of the Art: Comparative Political Economy and International Migration (October 20, 2016). Socio-Economic Review, doi: 10.1093/ser/mww026. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2538190 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2538190

Alexandre Afonso (Contact Author)

Leiden University ( email )

Postbus 9500
Leiden, Zuid Holland 2300 RA
Netherlands

Camilla Devitt

Trinity College (Dublin) - Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences ( email )

College Green
Dublin 2
Ireland

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