The poverty of territorialism and the future of European spatial integration

Giancarlo Cotella, Eva Purkarthofer, Andreas Faludi

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This symposium presents the results of a roundtable of well-known European spatial planning scholars critically engaging with Andreas Faludi's The Poverty of Territorialism. A Neo-Medieval View of Europe and of European Spatial Planning (2018). The book allows readers to rethink the current debates surrounding territorialism in the context of the European Union, as well as its implications for democracy. In particular, it argues that the open-ended character of the European project requires continuous efforts to (re)conceptualize spatial relations both inside and outside of existing administrative containers, in turn putting the democratic control of state territories and their development in question. Shedding a light on the above, this contribution presents some of the discussion that emerged during the roundtable. Its convenor (Giancarlo Cotella) introduces the aims and scope of the event, before leaving the floor to the critical considerations proposed by one of the participants (Eva Purkarthofer). Finally, the author of the book is given the chance to reply.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date3 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Apr 2020
MoE publication typeB1 Article in a scientific magazine


  • European Union
  • spatioal planning
  • territorial governance
  • territorialsm
  • democracy

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