Rescaling the European State: The Making of Territory and the Rise of the Meso

Hardcover | December 28, 2013

byMichael Keating

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Social scientists have regularly proclaimed the end of territory under successive waves of modernization but it continually emerges as a key principle of social, economic, and political organization. Rather than a de-territorialization we are witnessing a rescaling of social life as functionalsystems, identities, and political expression migrate to new levels. This is not new, but is a recurrent feature of the European state. States have sought to reassert control over these new spaces, while political and social movements have sought to politicize them and open them up to popularinfluence. The result has been the emergence of a meso or regional level of government and of the city region as contested spaces, which are increasingly institutionalized as levels of government. Interest articulation is refracted at these new territorial levels to reshape the policy agenda andcreate new social alliances and conflicts. Regions have emerged as spaces for public policy, with significant divergences over economic development, the beneficiaries of welfare policies and public services, and environmental issues. Rescaling poses a series of normative questions, especially about self-determination and social solidarity. These are not resolved under rescaling but are put into a new context, with new forms of self-government being possible and social solidarity emerging at new levels. Competitive regionalismhas become a dominant theme but there is no generalized race to bottom but rather differentiated experiences. Regions are not going to replace the nation-state. They remain loosely-bounded and contested spaces but territory continues to reshape the European state. By drawing on a rich interdisciplinary context and extensive secondary literature, the volume will provide a fresh and engaging analytical approach to the understanding of spatial rescaling in Europe.

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Social scientists have regularly proclaimed the end of territory under successive waves of modernization but it continually emerges as a key principle of social, economic, and political organization. Rather than a de-territorialization we are witnessing a rescaling of social life as functionalsystems, identities, and political expressi...

Michael Keating (BA Oxon., 1971; PhD Glasgow College of Technology, 1975) is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and part-time Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Academician of the Social Sciences. He has previously held academic...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pagesPublished:December 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199691568

ISBN - 13:9780199691562

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Table of Contents

1. Theory2. History3. Function4. Politics5. Institutions6. Interests7. Policy8. Norms9. Dynamics10. The Making of Territory