Conclusion: Towards Basque Political Innovation. Building a Strategic Roadmap.
Calzada, I. (2015), Conclusion: Towards Basque Political Innovation. Building a Strategic Roadmap, Chapter in the Book Calzada, I. & Bildarratz, J. Political Innovation: Constitutional Change, Self-Government, The Right To Decide & Independence. Donostia, TransLoKal
32 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2015
Date Written: October 13, 2015
After analysing different academic and policymaking contributions gathered in the Political Innovation Summer School in the Basque Country, the author presents a strategic diagnosis of and vision for stakeholders (public institutions, private firms, academia, civil society, and entrepreneurs). This diagnosis and vision can be used to build politically “smart” and diverse discourses to better understand political positions relative to one another. Thus, Basque Political Innovation can be summarised as the ‘no veto’ paradigm, in which any political project that arises from the political spectrum of the Basque territories − the Basque Autonomy, the Navarra Statutory Autonomy, the French Pays Basque, and the Diaspore − can be democratically promoted and supported by collective decision-making processes; it can also guarantee the individual ‘right to decide’ one’s own political status. In pursuit of this topic, the author foresees ten potential strategic trends for Basque Country politics. These trends will help stakeholders in the Basque Country to ensure permanent and realistic benchmarking analyses with other European Union city regions that are currently deploying paradiplomatic, translocal, independence- or devolution-driven, and multilevel governance projects, initiatives and practices.
Keywords: benchmarking, devolution, democracy, european union, multilevel governance, strategy, stakeholders, city-regions, paradiplomacy, political innovation, post-independence, smartness, translocal
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