Contesting European Regions

Michael Keating

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Contesting European regions. Regional Studies. A regional or ‘meso’-level of regulation and policy-making has emerged in Europe. This cannot adequately be explained by functional imperatives or drivers. A constructivist perspective sees the region as the outcome of political contestation over the definition and meaning of territory. Six competing conceptual frames for regionalism are proposed: integrative; competitive; welfare; identity; government; and the region as a refraction of social and economic interests. Any given case will reflect a balance among these conceptions. Such an understanding permits a combination of comparative analysis with an understanding of individual cases and avoids both dismissal of territory and territorial determinism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number1
Early online date11 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

The research on which this paper is based was conducted under an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Professorial Fellowship [grant number RES-051-27-0302].


  • regions
  • rescaling
  • regionalism


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