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Rescaling the European StateThe Making of Territory and the Rise of the Meso$
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Michael Keating

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691562.001.0001

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The Making of Territory

The Making of Territory

(p.191) 10 The Making of Territory
Rescaling the European State

Michael Keating

Oxford University Press

The post-2008 recession has made territorial management increasingly difficult. Postponing fiscal reform or buying off territorial demands has become impossible, given European rules about debts and deficits. Territorial politics has become increasingly competitive. In some territories that combine economic wealth with a strong sense of identity, separatist pressures have grown. Yet, when pro-independence parties are pressed on their visions for independence, they tend to revert to ideas more akin to confederalism or asymmetrical federalism. Centrifugal tendencies are balanced by centrifugal tendencies so that the outcome is more likely to be further rescaling rather than the formation of new nation-states on the lines of the old ones

Keywords:   territorial management, secession

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