Refugees as (Political) Agents: A Review of Three Recent Books in the Political Theory of Refugees

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.


  1. 1.

    A full list of conditions under which refugee status is subject to ‘cessation’ is at (Ziegler 2017, p. 29).

  2. 2.

    Readers may think that Israel is an unlikely choice for a study of refugee repatriation, but Gerver observes that it has a reputation for being ethical in its manner of encouraging and supporting repatriations (Gerver 2018, p. 2).

  3. 3.

    Saunders refers to refugees, on occasion, as stateless; Ziegler prefers to distinguish sharply between convention refugees and stateless peoples, arguing that each group is entitled to a different set of rights.


  1. Gerver, Mollie. 2018. The Ethics and Practice of Refugee Repatriation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    Google Scholar 

  2. Gibney, Mathew. 2004. The Ethics and Politics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  3. Lenard, Patti Tamara. 2014. Residence and the Right to Vote. Journal of International Migration and Integration 16 (1): 119–132.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Lenard, Patti Tamara, and Christine Straehle. 2011. Temporary Labour Migration, Global Redistribution and Democratic Justice. Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 1470594X10392338.

  5. Miller, David. 2010. Why Immigration Controls Are Not Coercive: A Reply to Arash Abizadeh. Political Theory 38 (1): 111–120.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Miller, David, and Christine Straehle, eds. 2019. The Political Philosophy of Refuge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

  7. Parekh, Serena. 2016. Refugees and the Ethics of Forced Displacement. London: Routledge.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  8. Pedroza, Luicy. 2019. Citizenship Beyond Nationality: Immigrants’ Right to Vote Across the World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  9. Saunders, Natasha. 2017. International Political Theory and the Refugee Problem. New York: Routledge.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  10. UNHCR. 2019. Figures at a Glance. UNHCR. 2019.

  11. Walzer, Michael. 2004. Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism. New Haven: Yale University Press.

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information



Corresponding author

Correspondence to Patti Tamara Lenard.

Additional information

Publisher's Note

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Lenard, P.T. Refugees as (Political) Agents: A Review of Three Recent Books in the Political Theory of Refugees. Res Publica 26, 451–459 (2020).

Download citation