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Territory Print
The notion of territory, with the building of nations, has emerged first as natural representation of political borders.

Nevertheless, since about thirty years, together with the development of capitalism, the economic and politic regulation overcomes the frontiers of nations. National territories have begun to lose their symbolic strength. At the same time, the importance of local territories is rising. The concept of territory appears as a way to point to the increasing responsibility of local authorities, in a larger context of decentralisation.

Thus, territory is a useful concept to study the conditions of local policy implementation. It also gives the opportunity to develop a comparative dimension on European, national or local level. It permits to work on local actors coalitions, on social groups and institutions, and to show modified relationships and social inequalities. It can be connected to other notions, in particular to local government, governance or policy networks (see also ethnic minority youth, participation). (PL)

 

References:

John P. (2001) Local governance in Europe, London, Sage.
Dunford M. & Kafkalas G. (eds) (1992) Cities and Regions in the New Europe, London, Pinter.
Le Galès P (1998) Regulation, theory and governance, in: International journal of urban and regional research, 22 : 462-505.

 

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