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Zuwanderungspolitik im Nationalstaat: Formen der Eigen- und Fremdbestimmung in den USA, der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Frankreich

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Hartmut Behr


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Hartmut Behr’s doctoral thesis on ‘Migration in the Nation State – Forms of Determining Self and Other in the USA, Germany and France’ is a very complex, informative and theoretically interesting reading. Contrary to numerous comparative migration studies it offers more than a mere additive approach and is comparative in the true sense of the word. Theoretically and methodologically it is based on Eric Voegelin’s normative notion of political science … Behr draws the critical conclusion that “the republican model of order fails in the face of the stranger as it is for conceptual reasons unable to live up to its self-binding principles.” (253) … These reasons are deeply embedded in the formation of nation-states and the principle of national sovereignty: the nation-state presupposes an understanding of the republican demos as a distinctive subject. The closure of the national community is seen as an indispensable guarantor of the ability of the political sovereign to act. Thus in modern nation-states migrants are bound to be stigmatised as strangers and perceived as a danger for this ability to act … Behr’s thesis provides a compelling argument and stimulating reading. Book Review in: Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 7, Issues 2, Nov. 1999

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Author(s): Behr EH

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 1

Year: 1998

Publisher: VS Verlag

Place Published: Wiesbaden


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ISBN: 3810019763