The Territorial Imperative: Pluralism, Corporatism and Economic Crisis

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The Territorial Imperative explores a growing area of interest in comparative political economy—the interaction of politics and economics and the meso-level 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, involving myriad actors across multiple levels of the polity, which are generated by declining regional economies. The principal theoretical focus centers on the ...

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Overview

The Territorial Imperative explores a growing area of interest in comparative political economy—the interaction of politics and economics and the meso-level 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, involving myriad actors across multiple levels of the polity, which are generated by declining regional economies. The principal theoretical focus centers on the impact of constitutional orders as bona fide political institutions. Based on a carefully constructed comparison of four declining industrial regions embedded 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, the author brings together in a creative manner theories of intergovernmental relations, center-periphery, corporatism, pluralism and the state. Viewed in this context of widespread optimism surrounding the future of regions in a post-1992 Europe, Anderson's findings underscore the need for caution when assessing the horizons of action for subnational interests in advanced industrial democracies.

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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: 9780521036092
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures, List of tables; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Power-dependence and regional economic crisis; 3. Central governments and regional policy; 4. The British regions; 5. The German Länder; 6. The territorial imperative: political logic interprets problem logic; List of abbreviations; Bibliography; Index.

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