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Redrawing the contours of the nation-state in Uruguay? The vicissitudes of emigration policy in the 2000s

Redrawing the contours of the nation-state in Uruguay? The vicissitudes of emigration policy in the 2000s
Redrawing the contours of the nation-state in Uruguay? The vicissitudes of emigration policy in the 2000s
This study analyzes Uruguay's recently launched emigration policy. It argues that the redrawing of the boundaries of the nation-state along non-territorial basis is still an incipient and contested process. The findings highlight some relatively under-explored explanatory factors: emigrants' profile; political junctures requiring immediate commitment; the impact of rhetorical changes and post-neoliberal projects; presidents as policy drivers and sources of inconsistencies; and institutional deficiencies, inertias, lack of reform, and society's conflictive notions of nation and belonging as brakes. The conclusions indicate that the sustainability of emigration policy is contingent on state's progress toward internal reform and society's ability to acquire a greater voice and more organizational capacity. Exploring emigration policy characteristics and sources of setbacks in Uruguay unveils the inter-mestic character of state transnational outreach efforts, qualifies and refines existing explanations, expands our understanding of new governance techniques, and provides some insights into the requirements for emigration policies to work effectively.
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Margheritis, Ana
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Margheritis, Ana
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Margheritis, Ana (2015) Redrawing the contours of the nation-state in Uruguay? The vicissitudes of emigration policy in the 2000s. International Migration Review, 49 (4), Winter Issue, 907-944. (doi:10.1111/imre.12088).

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This study analyzes Uruguay's recently launched emigration policy. It argues that the redrawing of the boundaries of the nation-state along non-territorial basis is still an incipient and contested process. The findings highlight some relatively under-explored explanatory factors: emigrants' profile; political junctures requiring immediate commitment; the impact of rhetorical changes and post-neoliberal projects; presidents as policy drivers and sources of inconsistencies; and institutional deficiencies, inertias, lack of reform, and society's conflictive notions of nation and belonging as brakes. The conclusions indicate that the sustainability of emigration policy is contingent on state's progress toward internal reform and society's ability to acquire a greater voice and more organizational capacity. Exploring emigration policy characteristics and sources of setbacks in Uruguay unveils the inter-mestic character of state transnational outreach efforts, qualifies and refines existing explanations, expands our understanding of new governance techniques, and provides some insights into the requirements for emigration policies to work effectively.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 18 April 2014
Published date: 17 December 2015
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 384725
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/384725
ISSN: 0197-9183
PURE UUID: 0b126d35-40e3-4984-ac10-cae4afa01398
ORCID for Ana Margheritis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8126-4478

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Date deposited: 13 Jan 2016 08:59
Last modified: 10 Nov 2021 03:33

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