Dartmouth Events

Chandran Kukathas (Singapore Management University), Immigration and Freedom

On a signature issue, one of our most respected political theorists Chandran Kukathas believes that democratic polities have repeatedly achieved the opposite of their intentions.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Carpenter 13
Intended Audience(s): Public

In his 2022 book, Kukathas--the Lee Kong Chian Professor of Political Science and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University—argued that controlling outsiders requires regulating, monitoring, and sanctioning insiders, i.e. those who might otherwise hire, house, teach, or associate with the outsiders. The more immigration control is pursued, the more gravely freedom is diminished. Concerning national self-determination, Kukathas also finds that immigration control increases the power of states at the expense of citizens—a power that includes the authority to determine who is and is not an insider: to define identity itself.

This event is co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Political Economy Project. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact:
Henry Clark

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.