Bordering Mobility – Networks in Regional Mobility Regulation. The EU and NAFTA in Comparison.

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The aim of this article is to develop an analytical framework which contributes to the understanding of mobility regulation. While most literature focuses on international efforts to control migration the perspective is widened by looking at mobility, encom- passing short-term cross border movements for the purpose of travel and labor. Regula- tory modes are specified and described ranging from more binding bi- and multilateral agreements to less binding governmental networks. Little attention has been paid to the latter modes which increasingly define state to state cooperation. Since mobility regula- tion on the global level is in a nascent stage, regulatory modes are assessed within re- gional economical integration movements such as the EU and NAFTA. Mobility regula- tion within the two blocs differs greatly; within the EU framework freedom of move- ment and establishment has been achieved while travel and labor in the North American context are mostly regulated in the respective national realms. Still, modes of coopera- tion on mobility have been established in both cases with similar functions: the sociali- zation of officials into trusting each other.
Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's23
StatusPublished - 1 jan 2010

Publicatie series

NaamTranState Working Papers
UitgeverijZBW Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft
ISSN van geprinte versie1861-1176


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