1st Edition

Europeanization and Territorial Politics in Small European Unitary States A Comparative Analysis

Edited By Sandrina Antunes, John Loughlin Copyright 2021
    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    The book addresses the impact of the European Union (EU) on subnational mobilization in small unitary states.

    Located at the intersection of contributions from the literatures on multilevel governance and Europeanization, this book offers a new theoretical framework to account for state rescaling processes in small unitary states. By means of a comparative analysis of eight small unitary states in Europe, this book shows that the impact of the EU on subnational mobilization is filtered through domestic mediating factors which can lead to three possible outcomes: decentralization, recentralization or no change. The book offers a balanced combination of analytical clarity and the richness of empirical accounts in a wide diversity of case studies. It sheds a new light on the ‘hybrid nature’ of the European polity and demonstrates that member state governments have remained the most important pieces of the European puzzle. Overall, it arrives at two conclusions: first, that we are witnessing a ‘transformation of the state’ rather than its demise; second, the notion of a ‘Europe of the Regions’ in small unitary states was no more than a ‘damp squib’. 

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Regional & Federal Studies.

    Introduction: The European Union, subnational mobilization and state rescaling in small unitary states: a comparative analysis

    Sandrina Antunes and John Loughlin

    1. Subnational Sweden, the national State and the EU

    Anders Lidström

    2. Finnish regional governance structures in flux: reform processes between European and domestic influences

    Stefan Sjöblom

    3. Europe and the rescaling of domestic territorial governance in Ireland

    Mark Callanan

    4. Subnational mobilization and the reconfiguration of central-local relations in the shadow of Europe: the case of the Dutch decentralized unitary state

    Martijn Groenleer and Frank Hendriks

    5. With or Without you: mobilization strategies of Portuguese regional authorities in the European Union

    Sandrina Antunes and José Magone

    6. Checking the mechanics of Europeanization in a centralist state: the case of Greece Nikolaos Komninos Hlepas

    7. Empowering through regional funds? The impact of Europe on subnational governance in the Czech Republic

    Jakub Lysek and Dan Ryšavý

    8. Institutionalization of subnational governance in Estonia: European impacts and domestic adaptations

    Georg Sootla and Kersten Kattai

    Conclusion: State rescaling and a ‘Europe of the Regions’ in small unitary states: a damp squib?

    John Loughlin and Sandrina Antunes


    Sandrina Antunes is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and Public Administration from the Universidade do Minho, Portugal. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Univeristé Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She works on nationalism and regionalism in the European Union.

    John Loughlin is Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, UK, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, UK, and Emeritus Professor of Politics at Cardiff University, Wales. His research has been on regionalism, federalism and local government. He has published many books, articles in refereed journals and chapters in books.