At the turn of the 21st century, governments around the world began searching for ways to capitalize on emigration for economic growth, and they looked to nations that already had policies in place. Morocco and Mexico featured prominently as sources of “best practices” in this area.
In her fascinating new book Creative State, Natasha Iskander, assistant professor of public policy at NYU Wagner, chronicles how these innovative policies emerged and evolved over four decades. She reveals that neither the governments nor their migrant constituencies ever anticipated the ways the initiatives would fundamentally redefine nationhood, development, and citizenship. Yet Morocco’s and Mexico’s extraordinary experiences with migration and development policy demonstrate that the state can be a remarkable site of creativity, an essential but often overlooked component of innovative national governance, she finds.
Professor Iskander will announce and discuss Creative State – “a beautifully written study of Mexico, Morocco, and their respective migrants” and “essential resource,” in the words of ULCA Distinguished Professor of Sociology Roger Waldinger -- at a free, public event at NYU Wagner on Monday, September 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Participants in the evening discussion will include: Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management, NYU Wagner; Craig Calhoun, President of the Social Science Research Council, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and Professor of Sociology at NYU; Jorge Castañeda, Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU and former Foreign Minister of Mexico; and Ruth Milkman, Associate Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at CUNY, and Professor of Sociology at CUNY.
The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is on the 2nd Floor of the historic Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street (@ Houston Street) in lower Manhattan.
Media coverage is invited. Journalists and others wishing to attend must RSVP here or by contacting NYU public affairs officer Robert Polner at 212 998 2337 / firstname.lastname@example.org.