Postindependence in Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country: City-Regional Small Nations Beyond Nation-States
4 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2014
Date Written: September 1, 2014
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
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