Regional Governance in the EU
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Regional Governance in the EU

Regions and the Future of Europe

Edited by Gabriele Abels and Jan Battke

The role of regions in the European Union has been frequently debated since the 1980s. This comprehensive book provides a thorough overview of the issue from a variety of perspectives, analysing regional governance and territorial dynamics in the EU and its member states. Focusing on the implications of the democratisation–regionalisation nexus, it argues that a ‘Europe with the regions’ may promote good governance and ameliorate the democratic deficits of the EU.
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Chapter 7: Reforming the territorial constitution in Italy: some reflections on durability and change

Matteo Nicolini


The chapter examines ‘regional demarcation’ and ‘territorial alteration’, i.e., the mechanisms for the geographical configuration of constituent units laid down in the Italian Constitution. The mechanisms are then part of the ‘territorial constitution’. As they entail a close connection between land, community, and law, they are also the defining features of ‘legal geography’, which outlines the spatial relationship between a community and its territory. Within this theoretical framework, the chapter focuses on how regional demarcation and territorial alteration contribute in shaping the Italian territorial constitution. The chapter outlines the basic features of the territorial demarcation of the Italian regions and considers the mechanisms for the alteration of regional boundaries. Despite the presence of mechanisms for geographical reconfiguration, the Italian territorial constitution has not undergone relevant changes. As a consequence, the narrative of the Italian territorial constitution is one of durability rather than change.

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