Territorial Institutions

Jean-Claude Thoenig

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Territorial Institutions

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This article presents dominant approaches that structure knowledge about center-periphery relationships. It also summarizes key findings from a comparative perspective. The first section views territory as a social and political construct, and then pinpoints the various contemporary issues. This is followed by a discussion of the issues that relate to the nation states and those that relate to beyond the dynamics of nation-states. Other topics discussed in this chapter include interorganizational analysis, political dynamics, and state theories.

Keywords: dominant approaches; center-periphery relationships; comparative perspective; social construct; political construct; territorial institutions; dynamics of nation-states; interorganizational analysis; political dynamics; state theories

Article.  8533 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Regional Political Studies ; Comparative Politics

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