Political Geography of Cities and Regions: Changing Legitimacy and Identity

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This monograph presents a novel typology of relational and territorial perspectives on legitimacy and identity. This typology is then applied to two different political and historical contexts, namely the trajectories of the metropolitan region Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the metropolitan region Ruhr in Germany. The historical discussion spans 500 years, providing valuable depth to the study. Taken as a whole, the book provides a new perspective within the territorial-relational dichotomy and the geographies of discontent debate. Its key insights are that identity and political legitimacy are embedded in history and that both relational and territorial perspectives on these issues are time and place dependent. This book will be stimulating reading for advanced students, researchers, and policymakers working in political geography, human geography, regional studies, and broader social and political sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages188
ISBN (Electronic)9781003132967
ISBN (Print)9780367678159
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Metropolitan regions
  • local identity
  • regional identity
  • legitimacy
  • Territoriality
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • villagism
  • Populism
  • Polarisation
  • Ruhr region
  • Amsterdam


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