chapter  20
11 Pages

Regionalism and Official Publishing in European Countries: A Comparative Analysis

WithEmilia Lamaro

A new political perspective of territorial fragmentation can be observed in all advanced industrial democracies, and both politicians and political scientists have recognized decentralization as a general trend. Regionalism is used as a common denominator to understand such diverse and yet overlapping concepts as territoriality, ethnicity, and socioeconomic disparity. They are all components of the same general phenomenon. Regional differences can be political, economic, sociocultural, or most often a combination of all these. Regionalism can then be defined as the persistence of subnational and transnational differences, identities, and commitments.