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Globalization & The Challenging Political Economy of Governing (and Researching) Islands in Contemporary Times


Juan Pablo Luna


Island territories are geopolitically diverse. Some powerful countries in the international arena are islands (e.g., Australia, New Zeeland, or the United Kingdom). Many other islands are tiny and powerless. While some islands are independent nation-states, others make part as provinces of a larger country. Furthermore, those provinces can be governed as any other province or through a special regime (e.g., if they are a national park or under a specific protected area regulation). Given such diversity, it is necessary to specify the unit of analysis we have in mind when analyzing the nature of sustainability challenges in islands.