Transnationalism and the State

Term: Spring 2011

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 5480

This graduate seminar explores the implications of the increasing integration, interconnectedness, and interdependency of societies, economies, and cultures across national borders. In particular, we will analyze how the increasing global mobility of goods, capital, and humans presents new challenges and benefits to nation-states. Some of the questions we will assess are as follows: How do national governments respond to the movement of capital across borders? How do states interact with international financial institutions to manage their own economies? Who wins and who loses from free trade, and why? What is the relationship between globalization and economic development in poor countries? Who migrates and why? How do governments seek to control immigration? How have international migrants managed to develop transnational communities and engage in their homeland economies and political systems from abroad? How do the governments of some developing countries seek to leverage remittances, money international migrants send home? What does citizenship mean in an increasingly globalized world and what are emerging alternatives to traditional nation-state citizenship?    

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