Border Governance and the "Unruly" South Theory and Practice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Though 9/11 tightened borders against hard threats, why were soft threats able to create havoc in the cracks? How could these threats become multilateral while policy remedies could not? What is preventing collective action against common threats when unilateral policies continue failing? Consisting of eight border-defying case studies (elite networking, languages, political refugees, diasporic dynamics, drug organizations, migration, and cross-border comparisons), the volume finds the state retreating, multi-centric governance opportunities blooming, and illegal flows breaking borders faster than state policy prescriptions—all explained by turbulence theory (Rosenau 1997) rather than traditional theories (realism and liberalism). The studies explored by the contributors of this volume lead to the conclusion that the state is not, and should not be, the only viable actor in successful border governance.

Author Biography

Imtiaz Hussain is Professor of International Relations in Mexico City's Universidad Iberoamerica. His publications include Re-evaluating NAFTA, Afghanistan-Iraq and Post-conflict Governance, The Impact of NAFTA on North America, and North American Homeland Security: Back to Bilateralism? A recipient of several fellowships and teaching awards, he received his Political Science PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and is from Bangladesh.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Imtiaz Hussain
2. Elite Networks and NAFTA Governance; Alejandra Salas-Porras
3. Languages as Borders; Stephan Sberro
4. Of Porous Borders, Privileged Gatekeeping, and the Fading Iron Curtain; Joaquin Roy
5. Chinese Diaspora and North America; Francisco Haro Navejas
6. Governance, Networks, and Drug Trafficking North America; Roberto Dominguez
7. Tackling Southern Turbulence; Laura V. Gonzalez-Murphy
8. Two Mexicos or Beyond Mexico?; Imtiaz Hussain
9. Conclusions; Imtiaz Hussain

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