Comparing and theorizing state-diaspora relations

Alexandra Délano (Editor), Alan John Gamlen (Editor)

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This article reviews, synthesizes, and extends the theoretical underpinnings of existing research on state-diaspora relations, highlighting the fragmented, case-study oriented and a-theoretical nature of most existing work in this area, emphasizing the need to compare and theorize state-diaspora relations and suggesting topics and methods through which this can be done. First we describe the range of phenomena under examination and review the various strands of literature informing this area of research. From there we discuss the contribution of this special section of Political Geography and point the way towards a future research agenda that includes a comparative dimension, employs quantitative and qualitative methods, and engages theoretical debates in relation to policy diffusion, governance and norm formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalPolitical Geography
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Diaspora
  • Diaspora engagement
  • Diaspora policies
  • Diffusion
  • Governance
  • Transnationalism

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