Regulation, migration and the implications for industrial relations

Robert MacKenzie, Miguel Martinez Lucio

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The debate on migration has extended the scope of industrial relations research and brought questions of regulation to the centre. We suggest there is a mutuality to the relationship between the debates around migration and regulation within the industrial relation literature: the study of migration has stimulated a new set of debates within industrial relations that allow us to reconsider issues of regulation; in turn, the study of regulation offers a useful perspective on issues relating to migration. The paper applies an analytical framework based on the interplay of regulatory spaces and actors to the study of international migration. The framework offers a dynamic approach to mapping the wide range of actors involved in the regulation of migration and the boundaries between regulatory spaces, which may be fluid and contested. Through applying this framework, industrial relations issues relating to migration are located within a wider view of both regulation and the international movement of people.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Early online date15 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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