The Territorial Imperative explores an area of interest in comparative political economy - the interaction of politics and economics at the mesolevel of the polity. Noting the ubiquity of regional economic disparities within advanced industrial democracies, Jeffrey Anderson undertakes a sophisticated analysis of the complex political conflicts such disparities generate. In this study of political responses to regional crisis, the principal theoretical focus centres on the impact of constitutional orders as bona fide political institutions. On the basis of a carefully constructed comparison of four declining industrial regions within a broader cross-national comparison of unitary Britain and federal Germany, Anderson concludes that constitutional orders as institutions do in fact matter. The territorial distribution of power, encapsulated in the federal-unitary distinction of interests and resources among sub-national and national actors and on the strategies of cooperation and conflict available to them.
List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Power-dependence and regional economic crisis; 3. Central governments and regional policy; 4. The British regions; 5. The German Länder; 6. The territorial imperative: political logic interprets problem logic; List of abbreviations; Bibliography; Index.
'The Territorial Imperative is a highly rigourous exploration of the economic and political potential of regional and subregional actors in post-industrial democracies. … a mine of information which will prove useful to both advanced students and researchers and which will act as a salutary reminder to regional economic policy actors to amend their ways.' German Politics
'This is a very good research report on a relatively neglected aspect of political organisation and action. Its focus is on the regional politics of England and Germany, with case studies of the north-east and West Midlands in England, complemented by analysis of Saarland and North Rhine-Westphalia … At the risk of repeating a line that will be used by other reviewers, Anderson's book should be an imperative library purchase.' International Journal of Urban and Regional Research