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Andrew E.G. Jonas

The matter of where the ‘urban question’ fits within state theory (and, by extension, approaches to state territoriality) has already preoccupied the critical social sciences for several decades, yet it remains a vital intellectual point of departure in critical urban studies. In the West, especially during the 1960s and 1970s, the urban question was typically framed in terms of the devastating fiscal and social impact of national urban renewal policies on inner-city communities or the failure of the Keynesian welfare state to deliver socially necessary consumption goods and services equally to all urban residents irrespective of class, race or gender. In the 1980s and 1990s, the emphasis shifted towards understanding the role of neoliberal state policy and regulation in the restructuring and transformation of urban economies (e.g. efforts to attract and valorize ‘knowledge’ and ‘creativity’), the rise of urban entrepreneurialism and the privatization of city services. Even if the nation-state was seen as being hollowed out simultaneously from below and above, the state in some form or another nevertheless remained a visible player in the politics of urban development, particularly in countries emerging from decades of colonialism and seeking to align urban economic development with nationalist aspirations and imaginaries.

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Sami Moisio and Andrew E.G. Jonas

The terms city-region and city-regionalism are today widely used by urban managers, planners, representatives of businesses associations and international organizations, real estate and property developers and state officials and politicians. These terms disclose the complex intertwining of contemporary urbanization, world economy and world politics. In this chapter we first review the economic geographical literature on city-regionalism. Second, we interrogate city regionalism as a set of political-administrative and/or geopolitical processes in more detail. We suggest that city-regions should not be understood as discrete spatial units that operate as ‘agents’ or ‘actor-scales’ in themselves. Nor should city-regions be considered as passive backdrops on which economy, politics or social reproduction simply happen. Rather city-regions may be conceptualized as dynamic sites of policy experimentation and political struggle, which are produced from various political processes operating within and around the national state and its institutions.

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Sami Moisio, Juho Luukkonen and Andrew E.G. Jonas

This chapter elaborates upon political geographies of globalization. By this we refer to the different political discourses and related imaginaries, policy practices and regimes of governance through which globalization can be understood as being constantly produced in and through political geographical formations. We comprehend globalization both as an actually existing process which links places – cities, regions, etc., institutions (especially the state) and people (notably workers) – and creates interdependencies between them, and as a politically loaded rhetorical device used to rationalize and legitimate political decisions and policy practices. We single out three interlinked and partly overlapping issues through which the political geographies of globalization can be mapped out: the spatial formations of globalization and the state, the ‘globalizing’ role and ‘globalized’ nature of public policy, and the globalizing regimes and policies of labour.

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Edited by Sami Moisio, Natalie Koch, Andrew E.G. Jonas, Christopher Lizotte and Juho Luukkonen

This authoritative Handbook presents a comprehensive analysis of the spatial transformation of the state; a pivotal process of globalization. It explores the state as an ongoing project that is always changing, illuminating the new spaces of geopolitics that arise from these political, social, cultural, and environmental negotiations.
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Sami Moisio, Andrew E.G. Jonas, Natalie Koch, Christopher Lizotte and Juho Luukkonen

In this extensive introductory chapter, we introduce the reader to some basic information and concepts underpinning geographical approaches to the state. We first make a rudimentary mapping of some of the geographical approaches to the state before the 1970s. Second, we consider some more recent approaches that have appeared since the 1980s. Third, we reflect upon ‘methodological globalism’ as one of the challenges in a geographical study of the state as a dynamic socio-spatial organization. Finally, we outline research topics that merit attention in future research on the changing geographies of the state.