The Territorial Imperative: Pluralism, Corporatism and Economic Crisis / Edition 1

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The Territorial Imperative explores a growing area of interest in comparative political economy - the interaction of politics and economics at the mesolevel of the polity. Noting the ubiquity of regional economic disparities within advanced industrial democracies, Jeffrey Anderson undertakes a sophisticated analysis of the complex political conflicts that are generated by declining regional economies, and involve myriad actors across multiple levels of the polity. In this study of political responses to regional crisis, the principal theoretical focus centers on the impact of constitutional orders as bona fide political institutions. On the basis of a carefully constructed comparison of four declining industrial regions within a broader cross-national comparison of unitary Britain and federal Germany, Anderson concludes that constitutional orders as institutions do in fact matter. In short, the territorial distribution of power, encapsulated in the federal-unitary distinction, is shown to exercise a strong political logic of influence on the distribution of interests and resources among subnational and national actors and on the strategies of cooperation and conflict available to them. In the course of the study, Anderson brings together in a creative manner theories of intergovernmental and center-periphery relations, corporatism, pluralism, and the state. His book provides new insights into more than just mesolevel politics; indeed, the explicit focus on the political economy of regions calls into question aspects of the conventional wisdom on British and German politics, based for the most part on national-level studies. Viewed in the context of widespread optimism surrounding the future of regions in a post-1992 Europe, Anderson's findings also underscore the need for caution when assessing the horizons of action for subnational interests in advanced industrial democracies. Offering an innovative theoretical approach grounded in comparative empirical resear
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"The value of the book is in its details. There are good clear accounts of the problems and policies within the regions and much sensitive discussion of the local and regional politics, largely based on painstaking interviews with those directly concerned." The Times Higher Education Supplement

"The Territorial Imperative is interesting reading. The book reminds me of the importance of the spatial dimension of political life and the need to analyze carefully the interaction between levels of government and their respective configurations of organized interests." American Journal of Sociology

"...provide[s] valuable insights into the relationship between institutions and the making of economic policy and the factors that determine the institutional structure through which economic policy is implemented. [Anderson's] arguments are clearly and persuasively stated." Michael Ulan, The Annals

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521413787
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
1 Introduction 1
2 Power-dependence and regional economic crisis 22
3 Central governments and regional policy 57
4 The British regions 101
5 The German Lander 144
6 The territorial imperative: Political logic interprets problem logic 187
List of abbreviations 227
Bibliography 229
Index 247
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