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Between Europeanization and Local Societies: The Space for Territorial Governance Jeanie Bukowski

Between Europeanization and Local Societies: The Space for Territorial Governance

Jeanie Bukowski

Published January 1st 2003
ISBN : 9780742500822
Paperback
272 pages
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Does politics matter? is the fundamental question posed by this thoughtful book. The contributors explore the role and influence of political leadership through a rigorous comparative analysis of regional-level dynamics in Europe. Through caseMoreDoes politics matter? is the fundamental question posed by this thoughtful book. The contributors explore the role and influence of political leadership through a rigorous comparative analysis of regional-level dynamics in Europe. Through case studies that center around three dimensions-economy, institutions, and identity-the book makes a compelling argument against excessive reliance on macro-determinism, either from above or from below. The cases provide fascinating evidence regarding the role of political agency for territorial governance between the double pressure of globalization and Europeanization on one side, and local culture on the other. Taken together, they show that agency can apply at two levels: first, that of institutions, which therefore do not automatically converge under the pressure of globalization and Europeanization- and second that of identity, which therefore does not necessarily mirror the existing political culture. Regional government does work, both in the sense that territorial entities engage in real political choices, and that these choices often result in effective outcomes