The Changing European State: Pressures from Within

Patrick Le Galés

in Governing Europe

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250158
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599439 | DOI:
 The Changing European State: Pressures from Within

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This chapter deals with bottom up pressures on the state. It focuses on the challenges that cities and regions are posing to the nation state in Western Europe, rather than on the rise of ‘meso–government’ in Europe. It analyses three sets of pressures (the fragmentation of the public policy process; the competition for resources (finance) and the threat of impoverishment; and the legitimacy of the nation state – the deregulation of identity structuring), and the role that they play in the transformation of the state.

Keywords: change in the European state; competition for finance; competition for resources; deregulation; Europe; European nation states; fragmentation of the state; impoverishment; legitimacy; nation state; pressures on the state; public policy process; Western Europe

Chapter.  7206 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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