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Towards a territorial political capacity approach for studying European regions

Cole, Alistair ORCID:, Harguindeguy, Jean-Baptiste Paul, Pasquier, Romain, Stafford, Ian ORCID: and De Visscher, Christian 2021. Towards a territorial political capacity approach for studying European regions. Regional and Federal Studies 31 (2) , pp. 261-284. 10.1080/13597566.2018.1548440

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This article proposes a framework for studying the territorial political capacity of regions in Europe. The proposed framework identifies three main dimensions of territorial political capacity. Mainly material indicators include institutions and institutional resources. Mixed material and constructed indicators centre on causal mechanisms of party and leadership capacity. Mainly constructed indicators are drawn from territorial praxis. Understanding a region requires combining different levels of analysis and distinctive ways of knowing; broad-based (quasi-statistical) variables facilitate comparison, while the focus on resilience and capacity requires primary data collection, drilling down into the practices of comparable panels of actors. This article discusses this framework in relation to four European regions that were the object of empirical investigation in 2012–2014: namely Brittany (France), Andalusia (Spain), Wallonia (Belgium) and Wales (United Kingdom). It contributes to the conceptualization of comparative territorial capacity, in a manner distinct from, but largely consistent with the Regional Authority Index.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Additional Information: This article has been republished with minor changes. These changes do not impact the academic content of the article.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1359-7566
Funders: Leverhulme Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 9 November 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:22

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