Handbook of Territorial Politics
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Handbook of Territorial Politics

Edited by Klaus Detterbeck and Eve Hepburn

The study of territorial politics has enjoyed a renaissance in the last thirty years. Scholars have questioned the state-centric assumptions upon which mainstream social science has been built, pointing to the territorial (re)distribution of power across and within states. This Handbook brings together leading scholars to demonstrate how territory has shaped institutional structures, public policies, elections, political parties, and identity across the world. Offering theoretical, comparative and empirical insights, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of territory on modern political, economic and social life.
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Chapter 18: Immigration and sub-state nations: researching the nexus

Ilke Adam


For a few years now, the responses of sub-state actors to immigration in multi-level states has been a productive research area. Several case studies, a few (edited) books and comparative studies describe patterns of policy and party positions’ divergence and convergence across regions, and draw tentative conclusions on how to interpret these patterns. This chapter proposes a meta-analysis of this nascent research field. It evaluates the used typologies to describe the variant sub-state actors’ responses as well as the explanatory variables for regional convergence and divergence in the distinct fields of immigration policies and integration policies. There is a specific focus on sub-state nationalism and its relation to immigration.

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