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“The removal of one’s ‘own’ municipality can be hard to accept, especially if this region does not seem to be facing any immediate economic threats and the merger is justified only by using vague arguments such as abstract neo-liberal rhetoric of competitiveness. Under these circumstances defensive resistance movements emerge.”

“When old and new regionalism collide. Deinstitutionalization of regions and resistance identity in municipality amalgamations”, Zimmerbauer & Paasi, 2013