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Political Science
POLI 222
Christa Scholtz

Regionalism in CanadaRegionalism A politics of territory The territorialization of politics It is similar to federalism in that it allows this idea that you can do things differently in certain spaces within a certain political unit Regionalism becomes a way of addressing diversity preferencesWhat is a natural kind of region Does it come down to geographyEconomics grain which come from the prairie provinces compared to the timber industry in BCThe prairies is a region because they are more alike than they are different Our institutions come from the concept of natural boundary Or possibly regions become institutionalized as such due to political actorsCanadian institutions have a job of managing regional diversityRegions may also be dependent on time frameexperience Boudreau use territory as an instrument to achieve your goalsthe creation of a region is not the goal there has to be a reason besides creating another bureaucracyKey QuestionsWhere do regions come fromNatural boundaries political constructionsplaying the region cardhow are regions perpetuated politicallyCanada Region as a source of cleavage or diversity in this country that must also be managedregionalism is about creating a new territorial arrangement in order to attain political goalsthis means that there will be losers and winners under the new structurethis is why you can appreciate the political conflict under regionalization Pro Montreal Regionglobalization It was a mega city which would accomplish global competitivenesscreating a large urban center to compete with New York London Berlin Shanghaiharness greater efficiencies create a more competitve montreal in a context where economic pressures were viewed as global pressures Redistribution Talks to a fundamental argument about fairness and equity across the islandCities have no legislative power it is the government who is the main actorAnti montreal regionLinguisticsovereign divideanglophone suburbanites developed certain institutions on the local level and viewed urban politics as critical to furthering their own developmentthis urbanization was an attack on their governmentLocal autonomy
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