Edited by Godfrey Baldacchino and Anders Wivel
Chapter 22: Small, subnational jurisdictions
While many small sovereign states struggle to exert effective sovereignty, many small subnational jurisdictions display an increasing ability to act and engage on the international stage in ways that are quite independent from their metropolitan patron state. In addition, many of these subnational (and often island) jurisdictions acquire a growing degree of self-governance in domestic policy-making, often exceeding that of other subnational jurisdictions of the nation state. These two patterns suggest that sovereignty for small territories needs to be considered as an increasingly ambiguous concept, and perhaps also as a more explicit negotiated concept. Against that background, the experiences and strategies of small subnational jurisdictions may hold valuable lessons for small sovereign states.
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