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Deborah Milly: New policies for new residents

    New policies for new residents

In New Policies for New Residents, Deborah Milly examines how local government activism and community engagement have led to policies for immigrants in Japan. She compares the policy discussions and outcomes in Japan with those in South Korea and in two Mediterranean nations, Italy and Spain. All four are recent countries of immigration, and all undertook major policy innovations for immigrants by the 2000s. In comparing these countries, Milly identifies patterns of advocacy for immigrant support policies that span regional differences.

“In New Policies for New Residents, Deborah J. Milly examines the complex interactions and networks that take shape among local and national interest groups, elected officials, bureaucrats, and, in some cases, international policymakers. The sophistication of her treatment is remarkable. I felt I came away from this book with a real understanding of how policies are made.”—Gregory Kasza, Indiana University, author of One World of Welfare: Japan in Comparative Perspective

New Policies for New Residents is ambitious and smart. Deborah J. Milly embeds her subject capably in several major scholarly literatures and scrutinizes her implicit hypotheses thoroughly.”—Anthony M. Messina, John R. Reitemeyer Professor of Political Science, Trinity College, author of The Logics and Politics of Post-WWII Migration to Western Europe


Deborah Milly

    Deborah Milly

Professor Milly’s teaching and research interests include Japanese politics; the comparative politics of immigration; comparative social policy; institutional change and multilevel governance; social movements; and comparative Asian politics.

Her current research interests include Japanese responses to increased immigration, comparative and global responses to international migration, and comparative patterns of interaction between state and civil society actors. In addition to New Policies for New Residents, she has presented papers on these subjects at numerous conferences and international meetings; among her articles are “The Rights of Foreign Migrant Workers in Asia: Contrasting Bases for Expanded Protections,” “Policy Advocacy for Foreign Residents in Japan,” and “Will Japan Get Immigration Right?” Her new research project focuses on the politics of care-worker migration to Japan. She is also author of the book, Poverty, Equality, and Growth: The Politics of Economic Need in Postwar Japan, published by Harvard Asia Center.


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