Positive and negative diaspora governance in context: from public diplomacy to transnational authoritarianism

Baser, Bahar and Öztürk, Ahmet Erdi (2020) Positive and negative diaspora governance in context: from public diplomacy to transnational authoritarianism. Middle East Critique, 29 (3). pp. 319-334. ISSN 1943-6149

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The diaspora studies literature recently has indicated an expansion in state-led diaspora engagement initiatives and burgeoning diaspora governance institutions around the world. Home states have correlated concepts such as public diplomacy and soft power with these nascent incentives to cultivate and mobilize diasporas for state interests. Despite the interpretation of these developments as the expansion of citizenship rights for the diaspora and their systematic incorporation back into the home nation, some authors remain skeptical about the multifaceted motives behind such initiatives. Authoritarian states particularly employ diaspora governance as a mechanism to monitor and control diaspora groups, which home communities perceive as dissidents. Using Turkey and its recent diaspora governance policy as a case study, this article demonstrates that diaspora governance enables the state to create, depending on the context, potentially ideological and repressive transnational state apparatuses that can assume both positive and negative forms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: authoritarianism, diaspora, migration, public diplomacy, Turkey
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ahmet Ozturk
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 11:03
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 15:59
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5811

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