Does a state have the right to prevent would-be immigrants from entering its territory?

Does a state have the right to prevent would-be immigrants from entering its territory?

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Module title: Issues in political theory
Essay counts for 50% of a module and 1/5th of my final year grade so VERY important!
Word limit: 3000 words
Aiming for: 90% or more
4 areas to focus on: Comprehension, Anaylsis, Critique, Presentation
COMPREHENSION: Demonstrates exemplary command of the subject matter including, where appropriate, methodological, technical and scholarship skills.
ANALYSIS: Presents a completely focused, relevant and well-structured answer with full and accurate development of concepts/theories, and excellent use of evidence.
CRITIQUE: Understands and evaluates relevant arguments, debates and/or interpretations in a manner that demonstrates an exceptional capacity for independent thought. This may amount to an extension of existing arguments, debates and/or interpretations.
PRESENTATION: Demonstrates complete command of techniques of academic writing with particular reference to structure, referencing/sourcing and spelling/grammar.

Guiding / reading Questions
Does freedom of association give states a right to exclude?
Does the importance of freedom of movement provide a strong case for open borders?
Does a concern for preserving national identity justify restrictions on immigration?

Core Reading
Kukathas, C., ‘The Case for Open Immigration’, in A. Cohen and C. Wellman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 207-220. Part 1; Part 2; Part 3
Miller, D., ‘Immigration: the Case for Limits’, in A. Cohen and C. Wellman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 193-207. Part 1; Part 2; Part 3
Abizadeh, A., ‘Democratic Theory and Border Coercion: No Right to Unilaterally Control Your Own Borders’, Political Theory, 36 (2008), 37–65.
Supplementary Reading
Wellman, C. H., ‘Immigration’, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2010 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), [].
Carens, J., The Ethics of Immigration (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Schacknove, A., “Who Is a Refugee?’, Ethics, 95 (1985), 274–284.
Schwartz, W. F. (ed.), Justice in Immigration (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).
Seglow, J., ‘The Ethics of Immigration’, Political Studies Review, 3 (2005), 317–334.
Simon, J., The Economic Consequences of Immigration (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990).
Swain, C. (ed.), Debating Immigration (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
On Open/Closed Borders:
Banting, K. and W. Kymlicka, Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Blake, M., ‘Immigration’, in C. Wellman and R. Frey (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Applied Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003).
Carens, J., ‘Live in Domestics, Seasonal Workers and Others Hard to Locate on the Map of Democracy’,Journal of Political Philosophy, 16 (2008), 419-445.
Carens, J., ‘Aliens and Citizens: The Case for Open Borders’, Review of Politics, 49 (1987), 251-273 and in W. Kymlicka (ed.), The Rights of Minority Cultures (Oxford University Press, 1995).
———‘Migration and Morality: A Liberal Egalitarian Perspective’, in B. Barry and R. Goodin (eds.) Free Movement (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992), 25-47.
*Fine, S., ‘Freedom of Association is Not the Answer’, Ethics, 120 (2010), 338–356.
Gans, C., ‘Nationalism and Immigration’, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 1 (1998), 159-180.
Macedo, S., ‘The Moral Dilemma of U.S. Immigration Policy: Open Borders Versus Social Justice?’ in C. Swain (ed.), Debating Immigration (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 63–81.
Miller, D., ‘Immigration: the Case for Limits’, in A. Cohen and C. Wellman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 193-207.
——— National Responsibility and Global Justice (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2007).
———-‘Why Immigration Controls Are Not Coercive: A Reply to Arash Abizadeh, Political Theory, 38 (2010), 111-20. (See also Abizadeh’s reply: ‘Democratic Legitimacy and State Coercion: A Reply to David Miller, Political Theory, 38 (2010), 121-30.)
Kapur, D. and J. McHale, ‘Should a Cosmopolitan Worry about the Brain Drain?’ Ethics and International Affairs, 20 (2006), 305–320.
Kukathas, C., ‘Immigration’ in Hugh LaFollette (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
Pevnick, R., ‘Social Trust and the Ethics of Immigration Policy’, Journal of Political Philosophy, 17 (2009), 146–167.
Risse, M., ‘On the Morality of Immigration’, Ethics and International Affairs 22 (2008), 25-34.
Scheffler, S., ‘Immigration and the Significance of Culture’, Philosophy & Public Affairs, 35 (2007), 93-125.
Walzer, M., Spheres of Justice (New York: Basic Books, 1984), ch. 2.
*Wellman, C. H., ‘Immigration and Freedom of Association’, Ethics, 119 (2008), 109–41. [see also Sarah Fine’s response listed above.]
Woodward, J., ‘Liberalism and Migration’, in B. Barry and R. Goodin (eds.), Free Movement (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992).
Contributions by Baubock, Blake, Cole and Abizadeh to ‘Is there a Fundamental Right to Universal Mobility?’, Ethics and Economics, 4 (2006) [].
On the Status of Immigrants:
Mayer, R., ‘Guestworkers and Exploitation’, The Review of Politics, 67 (2005), 311-334.
Carens, J., ‘Who Should Get in? The Ethics of Immigration Admissions’, Ethics & International Affairs, 17 (2003), 95-110.
Carens, J., ‘The Case for Amnesty: Time Erodes the State’s Right to Deport’, Boston Review, May/June 2009 [] – see also the responses to the article esp. by Abizadeh, Bethke Elshtain and Callan.
—– ‘The Rights of Irregular Migrants’, Ethics and International Affairs, 22 (2008), 163-186.
Miller, D., ‘Immigrants, Nations, and Citizenship’, Journal of Political Philosophy, 16 (2008), 371-390.


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