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Regions in Europe : The Paradox of Power - Patrick Le Gales

Regions in Europe

The Paradox of Power

By: Patrick Le Gales (Editor), Christian Lequesne (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd January 1998
ISBN: 9780415164832
Number Of Pages: 324

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Regions in Europe explores the state of regional politics in an increasingly integrated Europe. It argues that the predicted rise of increased political power at the regional level has failed to materialise and is fraught with paradox. In doing so this study locates regions in relation to European integration, globalisation, the nation state, local government, and comparative and national perspectives. Using case studies of the main players in Europe including: Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium, the contributors show how and why European regions remain remarkably weak in European governance. Drawing together leading European scholars, Regions in Europe will be essential reading for those interested in European politics, political economy, nations states and social groups in the new Europe.

Series Editor's Preface
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introductionp. 1
Is there a regional level of government in Europe?p. 11
The region as the new imagined community?p. 30
Intergovernmental relations and regional government in Europe: a sceptical viewp. 39
The sub-regional level: key battleground for the Structural Funds?p. 50
The political capacity of southern European regionsp. 67
Regions and economic developmentp. 89
German regions in the European Union: from joint policy-making to multi-level governancep. 111
Provinces versus urban centres: current developments, background and evaluation of regionalisation in the Netherlandsp. 130
Italy: 'le trompe-l'oeil' of regionsp. 150
Autonomous Communities and the state in Spain: the role of intermediary elitesp. 166
The French region as a space for public policyp. 181
Civic culture and institutional performance of the Belgian regionsp. 199
Britain: The rise of the regional agenda to combat increased fragmentation?p. 219
Conclusion - government and governance of regions: structural weaknesses and new mobilisationsp. 239
Bibliographyp. 268
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780415164832
ISBN-10: 0415164834
Series: European Public Policy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 22nd January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 14.07  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1