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Framing Competitiveness: The Advocacy of Migration as an Essential Human Resources Strategy in Europe

Menz, Georg. 2015. Framing Competitiveness: The Advocacy of Migration as an Essential Human Resources Strategy in Europe. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42(4), pp. 625-642. ISSN 1369-183X [Article]

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This paper examines how competitiveness has been framed rhetorically and politically by interested actors in France, Germany, and the UK. Skilled rhetorical advocacy clothes particular political
demands in the language of competitiveness and purported exigencies of the global economy, thus advancing political goals more easily that might otherwise encounter significant political opposition. In theoretical terms, the paper analyses the ideational framing of policy discourses. Empirically, the emphasis rests on exploring how governments, organised business, and business think tanks have attempted to advance demands for liberalized labour migration schemes in Europe by linking them rhetorically to the prerogative of economic competitiveness. Despite an adverse political climate, sceptical public opinion, and persistent unemployment, it has thus been politically possible to liberalize the regulation of labour migration considerably.

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Advocacy, Discourse, Labour Migration

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11 November 2015Published Online
25 September 2015Accepted
4 June 2013Submitted

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13 Sep 2016 11:54

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17 Jul 2018 10:35

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