Politics

IV. Political Organization of Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13–17%
A. Territorial dimensions of politics
1. The concepts of political power and territoriality
2. The nature, meaning, and function of boundaries
3. Influences of boundaries on identity, interaction, and exchange
4. Federal and unitary states, confederations, centralized government, and
forms of governance
5. Spatial relationships between political systems and patterns of ethnicity,
economy, and gender
6. Political ecology: impacts of law and policy on the environment and
environmental justice
B. Evolution of the contemporary political pattern
1. The nation-state concept
2. Colonialism and imperialism
3. Democratization
4. Fall of communism and legacy of the Cold War
5. Patterns of local, regional, and metropolitan governance
C. Changes and challenges to political-territorial arrangements
1. Changing nature of sovereignty
2. Fragmentation, unification, and cooperation
3. Supranationalism and international alliances
4. Devolution of countries: centripetal and centrifugal forces
5. Electoral geography: redistricting and gerrymandering
6. Armed conflicts, war, and terrorism


 

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