Annual Research Programme - Regions and Regionalism in Europe and Beyond

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A variety of related activities contributed to the Annual Research Programme running alongside the core colloquia.

Conference on the Legal Profession in the North West of England
Organised by David Sugarman (Law)

27th September 2007

This one-day Conference addressed the current state and future development of the legal profession and legal services in North-West England, especially in the light of the legal Services Bill. More»

'Forces of Concentration in European Financial Geographies'
Organised by James Faulconbridge (Geography)

11th-12th January 2007

The workshop mirrors the aims of a proposed future project that intends to advance scholarship addressing the following question: Why do geographical processes of financial concentration affect financial centres within Europe differently?

The aim of the workshop and the future programme is to foster new and extended discussions of the forcing mechanisms affecting financial geographies.

Using a product-based approach the influences upon the geography of trading in finanicial products will be examined to begin the inner workings of the financial system and begin to develop new ways of thinking of:

  • the linkages between market liquidity, financial geography and innovation
  • to continued importance of 'place' to financial markets
  • policy measures in a financial centre's success and the impact of policy on wider European financial geographies

Event Report | Programme and Participants | Poster

The Future of the National State
Lecture given by the Director of the IAS, Bob Jessop (Sociology)

24th January 2007

The idea that national states are in decline due to globalization and other pressures is far too simple. A wide range of processes is certainly affecting the nature and functions of the national territorial state and these need to be carefully specified to assess their impact. We can identify six main types of transformation: (1) Statehood is being denationalized, with state powers being transferred to international bodies, subnational states, & cross-national alliances of various sorts. (2) The boundaries between the state & the non-state sphere are being redrawn, with the state shedding some functions, but assuming others. This involves a shift from direct government to indirect governance as a mode of regulating societal affairs. (3) Nonterritorial cross-border forms of governance are replacing to some extent the territorial state as regulating agencies. (4) The economic & the political spheres are being articulated in new ways, with the state retreating from some areas of intervention but also assuming new economic responsibilities. (5) State policy making on all levels is increasingly being co-shaped by external actors in the international sphere. (6) New political communities are being imagined along ethnic & non-ethnic lines & compete with the established nations as sources of legitimacy of state power & as foci of political loyalty. But the national state is not only the object of the forces of globalization, it actively responds to the challenges posed by these changes. Most importantly, it takes on "meta-governance" functions, shaping the new structures of power & regulation & steering the nonhierarchical, network-type processes of governance within these structures. In this regard the state is not defenceless but some states are, as usual, more powerful than others. While important spheres of regulation are being relocated away from the national territorial state, its key resources are being redeployed so that territorial-based political power remains central to the dynamics of world society.

Ruth Wodak and Michal Krzyzanowski (Linguistics)

29th January 2007, 5.00 pm


EMEDIATE is a three year project (2004-2007) funded by the European Commission Research DG, Sixth Framework Programme, Thematic Priority 7, and coordinated by Professor Bo Stråth, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Press release on EMEDIATE | EMEDIATE website


Liverpool and Merseyside Regionalism: an interdisciplinary workshop
Organised by Kevin Watson (Linguistics)

22nd March 2007

The fluid nature of Liverpool's recent history makes it an ideal place to examine the concept of regionalism, particularly in the current context of modernism and globalization. How have events in history shaped contemporary Liverpool? And how is the local and supralocal identity of Liverpool articulated by its people? The themes that will be addressed in the workshop include considerations of:

  • the historical development of Liverpool as a (combination of) region(s), with a focus on the influences which have moulded contemporary Liverpool (e.g. the role of settlement and migration in shaping Liverpool's identity)
  • the relationship between the Liverpool & Merseyside localities and regions of national and international significance, including relationships between (i) the dominant urban centre and smaller areas in the hinterland (e.g. Skelmersdale, St. Helens, Warrington, Southport), (ii) Liverpool and larger, nearby cities (e.g. Manchester), and (iii) Liverpool and international centres, with particular reference to continental Europe
  • the construction and identification of local and supralocal identities, including uniformity, coherence, and the notion of constructing the 'self' and the 'other'
  • the self-articulation of regions and identity through sport, music, literature and film
  • the Liverpool vernaculars as markers of geographical and social identities, regional cohesion and differentiation
  • the effect of the media and its role in stereotyping & representation of the city and its people


Superpowers, regions, and nations: East-West Perspectives from the viewpoint of Cultural, Moral, and Political Economy

26th March 2007

One-day symposium with visitors from Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto).


  • Bob Jessop (IAS, Lancaster) 'What follows neo-liberalism? The deepening contradictions of US Domination and the Struggle for a New Global Order'
  • Ngai-Ling Sum (Politics and IR, Lancaster) 'The CPE of new capitalism: the production of competitiveness as a global hegemonic logic'
  • Andrew Sayer (Sociology, Lancaster) 'Economic imaginaries and class'
  • Kiyokatsu Nishiguchi (Professor of Economics, Ritsumeikan University) 'Political Economy of East Asian Community and Japan's Perspective'
  • Miki Nakai (Associat Professor of Sociology, Ritsumeikan University) 'Social Stratification, Social Mobility and Inequality in Japan'
  • Yoshikazu Nakatani (Professor of Politics, Ritsumeikan University) 'American Hegemony: Historical Context of its Logic and Dynamics in Globalization'



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