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Diaspora, Development, and Democracy: The Domestic Impact of International Migration from India by Devesh Kapur

Published By: Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 978-0-691-12538-1
Date of Publication: 2010


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Reviewed by: Nirvikar Singh of University of California, Santa Cruz
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.49.4.1230.r9
Review Pages: 1266-68

Book Review Abstract

Nirvikar Singh of University of California, Santa Cruz reviews "Diaspora, Development, and Democracy: The Domestic Impact of International Migration from India" by Devesh Kapur. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins, "Explores the impact of international migration and the Indian diaspora on India. Discusses the missing leg of the globalization triad—international migration; the analytical framework and research methodology; selection characteristics of emigration from India; economic effects; social remittances—migration and the flow of ideas; international migration and the paradox of India's democracy; the Indian diaspora and Indian foreign policy—soft power or soft underbelly; civil or uncivil transnational society?—the Janus face of long-distance nationalism; and spatially unbound nations. Kapur is Associate Professor of Political Science and holds the Madan Lal Sobti Professorship for the Study of Contemporary India at the University of Pennsylvania. Bibliography; index."


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JEL Classifications

D72: Models of Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
F22: International Migration
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
O17: Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements


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