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 Creative State, Assistant Professor of Public Policy Natasha Iskander chronicles how these innovative policies emerged and evolved over 40 years and reveals how neither the governments nor their migrant constituencies ever predicted the ways the initiatives would fundamentally redefine nationhood, development and citizenship.

Morocco’s and Mexico’s experiences with migration and development policy demonstrate that the state can be a remarkable site of creativity, an essential but often overlooked component of good governance.

Featuring:

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.

Ruth Milkman,  Associate Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at CUNY, Professor of Sociology at CUNY