Postindependence in Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country: City-Regional Small Nations Beyond Nation-States

4 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2014

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Igor Calzada

University of Oxford, Future of Cities Programme & Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio, COMPAS; European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), Centre for Advanced Studies

Date Written: September 1, 2014

Abstract

The UK and Spain are not depicted as having the same nation-state DNA with regard to their respective histories and political-cultural traditions. A glance at the current European regional comparative context reveals that, while the UK Government has legitimised the Scottish Government and supported the Scottish Independence referendum as being a highly democratic exercise, Spain stands out as remaining normatively inflexible without, so far, even contemplating any dialogue with the presidents of the Catalan and Basque Autonomies.

Keywords: independence, devolution, recentralisation, re-scalling, autonomy, politics, UK, Spain, Basque Country, Catalonia, Scotland, Nation-States, Small Nations, City-Regions, Democracy and Social Innovation

Suggested Citation

Calzada, Igor, Postindependence in Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country: City-Regional Small Nations Beyond Nation-States (September 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2508171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2508171

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