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The invention of regions: political restructuring and territorial government in Western Europe


  • M Keating


Regionalism has come back to prominence, as the political, economic, cultural, and social meaning of space is changing in contemporary Europe. In some ways, politics, economics, and public policies are deterritorializing; but at the same time and in other ways, there is a reterritorialization ofeconomic, political, and governmental activity. The `new regionalism' is the product of this decomposition and recomposition of the territorial framework of public life, consequent on changes in the state, the market, and the international context. Functional needs, institutional restructuring, and political mobilization all play a role. Regionalism must now be placed in the context of the international market and the European Union, as well as the nation-state.

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  • M Keating, 1997. "The invention of regions: political restructuring and territorial government in Western Europe," Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 15(4), pages 383-398, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envirc:v:15:y:1997:i:4:p:383-398

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