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 14: Regional citizenship in a system of plural memberships and multilevel rights

Lorenzo Piccoli


The chapter brings together the concepts of ‘region’ and ‘citizenship’ under the common umbrella of multilevel citizenship theory. The objective is to demonstrate that in a world in which boundaries are relatively open and several political institutions compete for power, the definition of rights depends less on static national regimes and more on the interaction between governments situated at different territorial levels. At the subnational level, in particular, regional institutions affect the provision of rights that were traditionally connected to the idea of national citizenship. While this situation is already an empirical reality, its normative desirability is open to debate. Three dilemmas are outlined: representation versus government efficacy; innovation versus fragmentation of rights and duties; recognition versus separation.

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