Regionalism as a mode of inclusive citizenship in divided societies

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This Article presents a new mode of governance called "inclusive regionalism,"which aims at curing the fragmented citizenship of marginalized groups within multicultural-divided societies. It seeks to expand the theoretical work on the appropriate mode of local governance in multicultural-divided societies from a narrow resident-based to a broad citizen-based point of view. I argue that regionalism can play a dual role in curing social ills through the establishment of regional facilities that engage in civic activities and promote solidarity between citizens. As opposed to localism, a regionalist mode of governance that coordinate the facilities and practices of several localities within a region is more capable of confronting issues of discrimination, segregation, and inequality within and between localities. Moreover, such a mode of governance can connect the residents of separate localities within the region by providing regional facilities and institutions that serve as bridges between communities. Accordingly, applying a regional mode of governance might result in a much less fragmented society, which benefits from greater opportunities for cooperation between residents of the region in various fields. Promoting such a mode of governance requires a shift in the perception of regionalism as a means of control toward a mode of "community building"that advances social and environmental justice and inclusive citizenship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-212
Number of pages24
JournalTheoretical Inquiries in Law
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2023

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This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant No. 1108/19).

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Israel Science Foundation1108/19


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