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Regional Governance and Democracy

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories
EditorsAnssi Paasi, John Harrison, Martin Jones
Place of PublicationCheltenham
Publisher or commissioning bodyEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781785365805
ISBN (Print)9781785365799
DatePublished - 1 Aug 2018


The aim of this chapter is to explore the relationship between regional governance and democracy. Enhancing local democracy is often cited as one of the motivations behind regionalism, alongside efforts to boost economic development and transform public services. Many scholars associate regional governance with improving the legitimacy and accountability of political institutions and fostering political participation (Escobar-Lemmon and Ross, 2014; Wills, 2016), promoting the growth of regional economies (Krugman, 2011) and increasing the efficiency of public services (Channa and Faguet, 2016). Global nations have, therefore, been implementing regional reforms in distinct and unique ways.

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  • Regions, Territory, Politics, Governance

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