Justice, Migration, and Mercy

ISBN : 9780190879556

Michael Blake
280 ページ
156 x 156 mm

Political controversy about migration is becoming more frequent, more heated, and for certain groups, decidedly more urgent. This raises pressing questions not only in the realms of policy-making and public discourse, but also for philosophical accounts of migration. Do liberal states have the right to exclude unwanted outsiders, or should all borders be open? How should we begin to theorize the morality of refugee and asylum policy? If states can exclude unwanted outsiders, what ethical principles govern the determination of who gets in? Justice, Migration, and Mercy offers a way in which these questions might be answered by providing a vision of how we can understand the political morality of migration. Michael Blake offers a novel, and plausible, account of the right to exclude on which that right is grounded on a more fundamental right to avoid unwanted forms of political relationship. Far from simply justifying exclusion, however, Blake examines the best justifications for exclusion in an effort to determine its limits. In doing so, he challenges the current global realities of migration which ensure open borders for a select few and closed borders for the majority, most often the most marginalized in society. His account sheds light on more specific questions of justice in migration, such as the permissibility of travel bans and carrier sanctions. He also offers a particular vision about how to go beyond questions of right and liberal justice, towards a declaration of the sort of community we wish to be. Blake then identifies the moral notion of mercy as a central one for the moral analysis of migration, a move which leads to the conclusion that we ought to show mercy and justice in constructing migration policy as well as in public debate.


Chapter One: On Morality and Migration
Chapter Two: Justice and the Excluded, Part One: Open Borders
Chapter Three: Justice and the Excluded, Part Two: Closed Borders
Chapter Four: Justice, Jurisdiction, and Migration
Chapter Five: Coercion and Refuge
Chapter Six: Choosing and Refusing: On Migration, Exclusion, and the Bigot's Veto
Chapter Seven: People, Places, and Plans: On Love, Migration, and Documentation
Chapter Eight: Reciprocity, the Undocumented, and Jeb Bush
Chapter Nine: On Mercy in Politics
Chapter Ten: Migration and Mercy


Michael Blake is Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Governance at the University of Washington. He writes on issues of liberal justice and state borders, with a particular focus on aspects of global distributive justice and international migration.