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

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Princeton University Press, Aug 2, 2010 - Social Science - 344 pages

What happens to a country when its skilled workers emigrate? The first book to examine the complex economic, social, and political effects of emigration on India, Diaspora, Development, and Democracy provides a conceptual framework for understanding the repercussions of international migration on migrants' home countries.

Devesh Kapur finds that migration has influenced India far beyond a simplistic "brain drain"--migration's impact greatly depends on who leaves and why. The book offers new methods and empirical evidence for measuring these traits and shows how data about these characteristics link to specific outcomes. For instance, the positive selection of Indian migrants through education has strengthened India's democracy by creating a political space for previously excluded social groups. Because older Indian elites have an exit option, they are less likely to resist the loss of political power at home. Education and training abroad has played an important role in facilitating the flow of expertise to India, integrating the country into the world economy, positively shaping how India is perceived, and changing traditional conceptions of citizenship. The book highlights a paradox--while international migration is a cause and consequence of globalization, its effects on countries of origin depend largely on factors internal to those countries.

A rich portrait of the Indian migrant community, Diaspora, Development, and Democracy explores the complex political and economic consequences of migration for the countries migrants leave behind.


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International Migration
CHAPTER 2 Analytical Framework and Research Methodology
CHAPTER 3 Selection Characteristics of Emigration from India
CHAPTER 4 Economic Effects
Migration and the Flow of Ideas
CHAPTER 6 International Migration and the Paradox of Indias Democracy
Soft Power or Soft Underbelly?
CHAPTER 8 Civil or Uncivil Transnational Society? The Janus Face of LongDistance Nationalism
CHAPTER 9 Spatially Unbound Nations
Survey of Emigration from India SEI
Survey of Asian Indians in the United States SAIUS Methodology
Survey of Asian Indians in the United States SAIUS Questionnaire
Database on Indias Elites 19502000

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About the author (2010)

Devesh 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.

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