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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Regions and Regional Dynamics
Regions and regional dynamics

This chapter will scrutinize regional dynamics in Europe and particularly, how the ‘region’ is understood in the context of a Europe where region, regionalism and regional identity seem to be currently hugely important ideas, both in the EU and outside it. These categories come together in the popular phrase ‘the Europe of regions’ that became significant in the EU during the 1990s. This idea implied that nation states were regarded as too small for global economic competition but at the same time too large and remote for cultural identification and participatory, active citizenship (Anderson, 1995, 2000). It also seemed to provide one way to avoid the juxtapositions based on the complicated relations between the ideal of homogeneous nation ...

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