Subnational and national territorial identification

Schnaudt, Christian ; Walter, Stefanie ; Popa, Sebastian Adrian

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Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2016
Book title: European identity in the context of national identity : questions of identity in sixteen European countries in the wake of the financial crisis
Page range: 63-92
Publisher: Westle, Bettina
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19873290-7
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This chapter analyses citizens’ identification with local, regional, and national levels. It asks whether these identifications constitute a multidimensional construct, indicating exclusive identifications, or a single unidimensional phenomenon, reflecting multiple identifications. To the extent that multiple identifications exist, it investigates whether these reflect a bottom-up or a top-down logic of identity construction. The results for the full national samples of the countries studied suggest that territorial identification represents a single unidimensional construct (with no clear internal order). When focusing on citizens from countries known for conflicts between the regional and the national level, the results hint at the presence of exclusive subnational identifications. Overall, the results establish positive news for modern democracies, as identifications with different territorial loci coexist. In some regions, however, national governments may find it difficult to implement important policies in light of exclusive subnational identifications, which appear to be at odds with a national identification.

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