Rule of Law in Bureaucratic Bashing Era of Individualism: The Case of Immigration

By Keba Sylla.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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This article examines the rule of law in the bureaucratic bashing era of individualism in the context of increased immigration influx in Western countries. I argue that the increased volume of immigrants in many Western liberal democracies leads to an increase of anti-immigrant sentiment as well as an increase of individualism in many receiving migrant nations in the West. Bureaucratic bashing increases and makes it harder for bureaucrats and states to handle this increase in discriminatory discourse regarding the immigration policy of many Western receiving migrant countries. Originally, states were the guarantor of regulating immigration policies in many Western countries. With globalization and the increase of economic interconnection between nations, states become more and more irrelevant in controlling their borders or even their immigration policies. Consequently, many forces are leading the immigration policies, and bureaucrats and states are seen as less and less capable under the rule of law to control and regulate the law and policies against immigration. Bashing the law and bureaucrats become the norms by opponents of immigration policies in many Western liberal democracies. In the name of individualism, the rule of law is increasingly criticized and many grassroots organizations are attempting to impose their own rules regarding this matter.

Keywords: Theory, Immigration, Rule of Law, Western Countries

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2012, pp.41-53. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 550.417KB).

Dr. Keba Sylla

Adjunct Professor, Sociology Department, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA

I am a professor with the Department of Sociology at the University of Akron, where I teach courses on criminal justice studies. I have a Ph.D. in public administration, with an emphasis on immigration and related issues. I am interesting in areas including: immigration; public policy and administration; and social issues such as crime, corrections, international development, etc.