May 7, 2014
“In Becoming Multicultural, Triadafilopoulos examines how Germany and Canada have managed the politics of membership in an era of mass international migration. The book’s contribution lies, first, in its framing of an overlooked puzzle. As Triadafilopoulos shows, two countries typically thought of as operating starkly differing membership regimes have in fact followed parallel policy trajectories, starting the 20th century with highly racialized immigration policies and ending the century as de facto multicultural societies. The book then undertakes a comparative-historical analysis to explain these transformations as well as cross-national differences in the political dynamics generating them. Drawing extensively archival and other primary sources, Triadafilopoulos illustrates persuasively how changing global norms can permeate domestic politics, placing longstanding policy regimes under strain. And by elucidating destabilizing patterns of feedback — in which efforts to adapt existing policies to new challenges can ultimately hasten their unraveling — the book makes a significant contribution to debates about the sources and mechanisms of institutional change”.
Joseph Carens’ book, The Ethics of Immigration (Oxford University Press, 2013), is on the short-list of nominees for the 2014 C.B. MacPherson Prize
“Joseph Carens’ The Ethics of Immigration is arguably the most substantial and enlightening discussion of the normative issues raised by international immigration available. Using the contextual normative analysis that he pioneered in his earlier work, Carens here offers a nuanced discussion of the rights and duties of various categories of migrants and of the receiving communities. Also contributing to an ideal theory of immigration, Carens rearticulates his controversial yet path-breaking argument in favor of open borders: that is, the free movement of people across the world. Carens’ treatise exemplifies how political theory can guide us through both our difficult political problems and our more fundamental meditation on the demands of social justice”.