The Territorial State

Michael Keating

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The ideal-type European state is a territorially bounded polity, which encloses coterminous economic, social, and political systems. The ‘end of territory’ in the face of national and, later, transnational integration, has frequently been pronounced. Rather than deterritorialization, we are witnessing a reterritorialization as economic, social, and political systems migrate to new levels, above, below, and across states. This is the process of rescaling. States have responded by institutional reform, seeking to recover control of systems that have escaped their purview. Territories have also been constructed bottom-up by political entrepreneurs. There have been significant divergences in public policy among regions. Rescaling and the construction of territory are inherently political and contested processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReconfiguring European States in Crisis
EditorsDesmond King, Patrick Le Galès
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780198793373
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

The work on which this is based was supported by an ESRC Professorial Fellowship, 2013.


  • rescaling
  • regions
  • territory
  • space
  • regional government


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