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The Migration-Development Model Can Serve Two Masters: The Transnational Capitalist Class And National Development

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This chapter explains the migration-development model from both its scholastic and politico-economic strategic roots as employed by global and national elites. It examines this model theoretically from the frameworks of world-systems theory, power-transition theory, and the transnational capitalist class perspective. The conceptual model and its diverse theoretical underpinnings were applied to the cases of India, China, South Korea , and Taiwan. The chapter demonstrates that, contrary to the argument of many advocates of the South, the migration-development model is not necessarily a counter-hegemonic strategy for challenging Western powers. While it is true that the migration-development model can contribute mightily to national development""in terms of human capacity and infrastructure""it can also reinforce the entrenched dominance of the transnational capitalist class throughout the world.

Keywords:India; migration-development model; power-transition theory; Taiwan; transnational capitalist class; world-systems theory



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