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 13: Multiple territorial identities and multilevel polities

Luis Moreno

Abstract

This chapter deals with multiple territorial identities and multilevel polities. Citizenship is conceptualized as a compound of collective attachments and a product of nested identities formed at the various contextual levels of citizens’ political attachments (supra-state, state, sub-state). It is viewed as a source for articulating political life in contemporary societies. Those processes associated with political modernity, such as modern state formation, nation-building and mass democratization are analysed as a background for subsequent discussions. The revival of multiple ethno-territorial identities can be regarded both as an increasing challenge to the centralist model of the unitary state and as a quest for the wider legitimating of territorial political institutions. Interdependence within multilevel polities and the re-scaling of governance in the global framework are further examined having the European context as a primary context of analysis and contrasting developments.

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