How Their Laws Affect our Laws: Mechanisms of Immigration Policy Diffusion in the Americas, 1790-2010

  title={How Their Laws Affect our Laws: Mechanisms of Immigration Policy Diffusion in the Americas, 1790-2010},
  author={David Cook-Mart{\'i}n and David Scott FitzGerald},
  journal={Law \& Society Review},
Why do laws become similar across countries? Is the adoption of similar laws and policies due to factors operating independently within each country? Do countries develop similar rules in response to similar challenges? Or is the similarity of laws and policies due to the interdependent responses that scholars have referred to as processes of policy convergence, transfer, and diffusion? We draw on an analysis of immigration and nationality laws of 22 countries throughout the Western Hemisphere… 

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