What Kind of Regionalism?

Regionalism and Region Building in Northern European Peripheries

by Josefina Syssner (Author)
©2006 Thesis 244 Pages


What Kind of Regionalism? seeks to explore the value basis of regionalism in two northern European regions. By investigating two less favoured, politically defined regions, the author tries to complement previous accounts of regionalism in western Europe, many of which have revolved either around ‘ethnic’ regions, known for hosting sub-nationalist demands, or around affluent regions in the economic and political centre of Europe. A fundamental assumption in the study is that regionalism can be studied as an instance of a political ideology. The author has compared the political debate in Norrbotten (Sweden) and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany) from the mid-1990s up to the present, bringing out the norms, values and demands on which regionalism in these two regions rests. Drawing on extensive empirical material from the two regions, the author seeks to challenge any notion that modern-day forms of regionalism differ from previous ones in an absence of ethno-culturalist elements. The author adopts a critical approach towards treating regional identities, cultures and images primarily as desirable factors for regional economic growth.


ISBN (Softcover)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Europäische Integration Regionale Identität Politische Identität Norrbotten Ideology Regional identity Discourse Region building Regionalism
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. 244 pp., 3 fig.

Biographical notes

Josefina Syssner (Author)

The Author: Josefina Syssner obtained a degree in Social and Economic Geography from Lund University. She works as a Research Assistant at the Department of Ethnic Studies at Linköping University, Sweden.


Title: What Kind of Regionalism?