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Liberal Self-Determination in a World of Migration

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2022.05.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews

Luara Ferracioli, Liberal Self-Determination in a World of Migration, Oxford University Press, 2022, 192pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190056070.

Reviewed by David Miller, University of Oxford

The main question tackled in Luara Ferracioli’s engaging and argument-packed book is whether a liberal state that wants to be true to its own principles of freedom and equality can pursue a selective immigration policy, rather than opening its borders to all comers. That of course is what liberal states actually do, but many philosophical critics have argued that such exclusionary policies are bound to fail the liberal test. Ferracioli thinks otherwise. Her argument has two parts to it. First, she needs to show that it is important to liberal states that they should have the right to control their borders and select among those wanting to cross them. She does this by appeal to the principle of liberal self-determination. Then she has…

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