Rescaling the European state: A constructivist and political perspective

Michael Keating*

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Modernist social and political theory long predicted the end of territorial differentiation, within the nation-state and then beyond it. Yet territorial politics has, in many ways, become more important in recent decades. This has not produced a new and definitive spatial order but, rather, a rescaling of different economic, social and political systems above and below the state. Understanding these processes requires a constructivist view of territory, not as a fixed, topological concept, but rather as a more open-ended and sociological concept. Regions have emerged as important political spaces across Europe, but they have multiple meanings and spatial forms. The region remains a contested domain and its origins and shape cannot be explained by functional determinism but rather by competition among social and political interests and visions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Territorial Politics
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781784718770
ISBN (Print)9781784718763
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018


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