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 22: Territorial reform policies in federal and multilevel systems

César Colino


The goal of this chapter is to understand better the processes of formal constitutional or territorial reform of federations and multilevel systems. The chapter defines and operationalizes the dimensions of territorial reform regarding reform as a particular public policy that follows specific policy paradigms. It then reviews several factors accounting for its occurrence, contents and decision outcomes. Different factors of an explanatory model are presented, seeking to establish causal mechanisms and hypotheses. Unlike the usual perspective on change of federal systems that looks at evolution and long-term development, this perspective considers change over the short term and understands it as an intentional policy designed and adopted by governments and parliaments. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the usefulness of the model and the relative importance of the different groups of explanatory factors.

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