Regimes are commonly defined as being issue-area specific. By definition, they are “principles, norms, rules, and decision-making procedures that govern state behaviour in specific issue-areas..”1 Indeed, political science and international relations tend to look at issue-areas and regimes in compartmentalized ways, without looking at the interconnections that exist across regimes and issue-areas. In practice, though, a regime in one issue-area may constrain or constitute the politics of another issue-area or, alternatively, the politics of one issue-area may influence a regime in another issue-area. In an increasingly complex world of globalization and growing institutional proliferation, there are ever greater material, ideational, and institutional interconnections across issue-areas and regimes. Examining the case of the global refugee regime illustrates the importance of understanding interconnections across issue-areas and regimes for understanding the politics of human mobility.
- International Cooperation
- Asylum Seeker
- Northern State
- Regime Complex
- Forum Shopping
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Betts, A. (2011). The Refugee Regime and Issue-Linkage. In: Global Mobility Regimes. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137001948_4
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