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Political Geography: World-economy, Nation-state and Locality [Paperback]

Dr Colin Flint , Prof Peter Taylor

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Table of Contents

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Preface to the fifth edition      



1          A world-systems approach to political geography

Making sense of an age of “Empire”                 

World-systems analysis 

Dimensions of a historical system          


Power and politics in the world-economy           

A political geography perspective on the world-economy


2          Geopolitics revived

What is geopolitics? Past, present and future  

Geopolitical codes and world orders       

Situating geopolitical codes and theories 

The War on Terrorism: Geopolitical transition and world order                           


3          Geography of imperialisms

The revolutionary heritage         

Formal imperialism: the creation of empires        

Informal imperialism: dominance without empire 

Empirein the twenty-first century


4          Territorial states

The making of the world political map    

The nature of the states

Territorial states under conditions of globalization


5          Nation and nationalism

The ideological heritage

Nationalism in practice  

Modern theories of nationalism  

Renegotiating the nation?                                                                             

Synthesis: the power of nationalism


6          Rethinking electoral geography

The liberal heritage       

Liberal democracy in the core   

Elections beyond the core


7          Locality politics

Theoretical foundations 

Localities matter           

A new theory of politics in localities       

Localities and the War on Terrorism                                                              

Political geography of world cities  


8          Place and identity politics

Three key concepts of political geography          

Theorizing political action in politics                                                               

Modernity and the politics of identity      

Identity politics and the institutions of the capitalist world-economy          

Beyond globalization and Empire







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