The nation-state has traditionally been viewed as the natural, and perhaps only legitimate, unit of political rule. Domestic politics therefore centred on the activities of the national government, while, in international politics, nation-states have been treated as discreet and unifi ed entities. However, globalization and other developments have contributed to a process through which political authority has been both ‘sucked up’ and ‘drawn down’, creating what is called ‘multilevel governance’. states have always incorporated a range of internal divisions and levels of power; most signifi cantly, territory-based divisions between central or national government and various forms of provincial, city or local government. these divisions are crucially shaped by a state’s constitutional structure; that is, by whether it has a federal or unitary system of government.
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