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The Disinterested State: Negative Diasporic Policy as an Expression of State Inclusion and National Exclusion

Klekowski von Koppenfels, Amanda (2017) The Disinterested State: Negative Diasporic Policy as an Expression of State Inclusion and National Exclusion. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45 (4). pp. 595-612. ISSN 1369-183X. E-ISSN 1469-9451. (doi:10.1080/1369183X.2017.1409173) (KAR id:64528)


This article engages with the understudied phenomenon of the “disinterested, denouncing” (Levitt and Glick Schiller 2004) or “indifferent” (Ragazzi 2009) diaspora state. Focusing on US citizens abroad, the article argues that there is negative diasporic outreach on the part of the state—“disinterested” from the state’s perspective, but “denouncing” from that of the diaspora. Negative diasporic outreach is exemplified by the 2010 FATCA legislation, which sought to root out tax evaders resident in the US, but has, instead, affected millions of American emigrants through increased financial control and the repercussions of those policies, and has resulted in sharply higher citizenship renunciation figures. Impact on an American diaspora was not considered in the law’s proposal, debate and passage into law. Second, the article argues that this negative diasporic outreach, in combination with the continued facilitation of the right to vote, is a reflection of the inclusion of these American emigrants in the American state, but their simultaneous exclusion from the American nation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1409173
Uncontrolled keywords: FATCA, diaspora, American migrant, transnationalism, citizenship renunciation
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 13:49 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:23 UTC
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