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Les petits espaces insulaires et leurs organisations régionales

Abstract : The research volume entitled "Research on the small insular spaces and their regional organisation" comprises two parts. The first is centred around a dual question : what is an island ? What are its scientific specificies ? These questions have haunted a number of research scientists and others will probably continue to pose them. Three main entries have enabled us to delimit these questions. A first chapter will be engaged in the study of basic concepts which are isolation, size, insularity, insularism and islandness before positing a definition of what an island is or at least what small island spaces are. The two other chapters deal with the wider themes of fragmentation, periphericity ,dependence and vulnerability. Short of being perfectly specific to islands, these themes enable nevertheless the definition of these terms using a systemic method. The second part is more methodological and inductive. It will contribute to the reflection of what regionalisation is in general (chapter one) and on regionalisation in island milieu in particular (chapter two). The posit at the start, which should lead to the completion of an analysis on regional organisation, is that of the lack of conceptual tools and empirical evidence. One is doubly preoccupied, on the one hand by the need to draw the quintessence of our analytical descriptions of the terrain of study of regional island cooperation in the world and, on the other hand, by the need to elaborate a detailed schema (chapter III) which has a general outlook, using specific influences. The approach is both diachronic and synchronic. This schema of the regional cooperation system which we have designed is applicable to other spaces than those of islands. It presents the advantage of being able to adapt itself to various forms of regionalisation which are organised between States around continents, oceans and seas held in common. It seems today evident that the process of regional cooperation is an integral part of development and the integration of nation states into the international system. The most vulnerable of states, whether they be islands or not, like the superpowers, are all engaged in similar enterprises of economic or political development and integration. Nevertheless, it seems difficult to dictate laws or to establish norms which would regulate these regonal relations and even less international. The conclusion to this paper, in order to be qualified for Competence to supervise research (doctorate level), is a constructive proposition opening onto concrete perspectives of application of our past and future research work. It is based on the principle that the dispersion and the fragmentation on a national level of data and human resources concern small states and territories. It will focus on the possibility of setting up a Research and Study Centre of Small States in the World in order to federate research scientists as well as their documentary and financial resources.
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François Taglioni. Les petits espaces insulaires et leurs organisations régionales. Géographie. Université Paris-Sorbonne - Paris IV, 2003. ⟨tel-00006995v3⟩



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