The new regionalism in Western Europe : territorial restructuring and political change /
Michael Keating.
Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, Mass. : E. Elgar, c1998.
xi, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, Mass. : E. Elgar, c1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p.202-230) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael Keating is Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario, Canada.
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Keating (Univ. Of Western Ontario) examines how the growing global and Euro-economics have reshaped traditional regional European interests, giving rise to new interests that cross territorial borders. These pannational interests create new forms of political organization and mobilization within and between the existing nation-state system, even as the nation-states aspire to greater economic and political integration. Keating argues that these regional movements will not supplant or replace existing national units, even within the context of a more fully unified Europe. Rather, he explores how regions are becoming one more critical layer in the complex relationship between local, national, and international political and economic organization. The text examines the history of European regionalism and state building, welfare-state regionalism, and the emergence of "new" regionalism. Keating then assesses the structure and function of modern regional government, the political economy of this regionalism, and the interaction of increasing regionalist pressures with European unification. The narrative itself is compelling. Although strong in theory, the volume provides limited statistical or other empirical documentation. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. C. J. Luna; San Diego Mesa College
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This book can be considered a very welcome contribution to the discussion on the emergence of the new Europe of regions . . . The book offers a lot of insight into the potential and opportunities of the process. In fact, the chapters are based on papers that have been presented at conferences and workshops in recent years. . . . The result of all this investment is a very interesting book in which many aspects of regional development in Europe are emphasised. This is exactly why it is a book worthwhile not only for scientists and scholars but also for decision-makers and policymakers. Anybody who is involved in the regional development of Europe should read this kind of publication. Frans Boekema, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie As with much else of Michael Keating s work, the arguments appeal because they are sensitive to the political reality of the day and are replete with insights couched from his expert understanding of European trends. Colin H. Williams, European Urban and Regional Studies . . . Michael Keating is one of the most distinguished scholars in this field. . . . The most novel part of the book is the discussion of the new context and its implications for regions . . . this was more interesting and helpful in understanding that other fashionable phenomenon which has attracted attention globalization than many of the works with an explicit focus on the subject. James Mitchell, Journal of Regional and Federal Studies In the context of too many books that shy away from presenting a broad analysis or in doing so are simplistic, unclear or both, The New Regionalism is a welcome contribution. Jonathan Bradbury, Local Government Studies The New Regionalism in Western Europe is probably the most comprehensive and updated analysis of past and current trends in western European regionalism available. . . . this book does not only provide a comprehensive introduction to the study of regionalism. It will also inspire future research on the transformation of territorial politics in western Europe to reach beyond the structuralist-functionalist approaches which have dominated the literature for such a long time. Tanja A. Börzel, Canadian Journal of Political Science The New Regionalism in Western Europe will make a welcome addition to the literature for students and academics interested in the broader picture of European politics, future integration within the European Union and the political history of Europe . . . wide-ranging and authoritative work. Pat MacKinnon, Political Studies The book is written from a clearly interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, elaborating in each chapter general features and development trends, but illustrating also a wide variety of specific cases. . . The strength of this book lies in its sound, multi-faceted and highly differentiated argumentation, carefully evading mono-causal explanations, simplifications, common sense argumentations, and any form of territorial or spatial determinism. Ingeborg Tömmel, Regional Studies . . . this is a useful book that synthesises a large amount of literature concerning the condition of regionalism in Western Europe. John Tomaney, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research In the 1990s, the states of Western Europe faced twin challenges, from above in the shape of globalization and European integration, and from below in the form of new regionalist movements. In this authoritative book, Michael Keating traces the historical origins of regionalism, showing that territorial politics has always been a feature of the West European state. Then he analyses the post-war model of territorial management in the Keynesian welfare state, and shows how current trends are re-shaping the meaning of political space and encouraging new forms of political mobilization and action. This new regionalism is no longer contained within the nation state so that regions must face the global market and an integrating Europe dir
Table of Contents
Figuresp. viii
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. ix
Territory and Politicsp. 1
In search of territoryp. 1
The creation of placep. 7
Regions--the elusive spacep. 9
Regions and State-building in Western Europep. 16
The formation of the nation-statep. 16
State and nation-buildingp. 19
The state and territorial oppositionsp. 22
The territorial statep. 35
Regions in the Welfare Statep. 39
The postwar settlementp. 39
Regions and politicsp. 43
The politics of regional developmentp. 47
Regions from the bottom-upp. 52
The move to regional governmentp. 55
Establishing regional governmentp. 59
Italyp. 61
Francep. 62
The United Kingdomp. 65
Spainp. 67
Belgiump. 70
The modernization of regionsp. 71
The New Regionalismp. 72
The changing contextp. 72
The construction of regionsp. 79
Territorial spacep. 79
Functional spacep. 80
Regional culturep. 83
Regional identityp. 85
Regions, parties and votingp. 95
Social spacep. 101
The politics of regionalismp. 104
The invention of regionsp. 109
Regional Governmentp. 112
Models of regional governmentp. 112
Constitutional statusp. 116
Functionsp. 117
Financep. 120
Bureaucracyp. 122
Political capacityp. 123
Intergovernmental Relationsp. 124
Regions and networks of powerp. 127
The Political Economy of Regionalismp. 136
Economic restructuringp. 136
Regional development policies. The new paradigmp. 140
The construction of a development modelp. 143
Development coalitionsp. 144
Territoryp. 144
Institutionsp. 145
Leadershipp. 148
Social compositionp. 149
Culturep. 152
External linkagesp. 156
Development strategiesp. 157
Regions in an Integrated Europep. 161
Regionalism and Europep. 161
Formulating an interestp. 165
Channels of accessp. 166
The Commission and the regionsp. 172
Inter-regional co-operationp. 177
Conclusionp. 184
Do regions matter?p. 184
The futurep. 186
The regional statep. 187
Allocation of Functions to Regional Governmentsp. 190
Regions in Six Countriesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 202
Indexp. 231
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