Metropolitanising Small European Stateless City-Regionalised Nations
Space and Polity 22(3): 342-361. DOI: 10.1080/13562576.2018.1555958.
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 Last revised: 16 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 14, 2018
This article introduces three small, European stateless nations that — invigorated by pervasive metropolitanisation phenomena — are increasingly shaping calls for devolution: Catalonia, the Basque Country and Scotland. These three nations are re-scaling their respective nation-states (Spain and the UK) in different ways: (i) being bolstered by their metropolitan hubs (Barcelona, Bilbao, and Glasgow) and (ii) generating a stateless ‘civic nationalism’ rooted in the metropolitan ‘right to decide’. Oppositional response to this ‘civic nationalism’ has re-emerged as state-centric ‘ethnic nationalism’. This article concludes that gaining or lacking metropolitan support for the ‘right to decide’ will establish the future directions of devolution debates.
Keywords: City-Regions, Civic Nationalism, Brexit, Nationalism, Devolution, Europe, UK, Spain, Metropolitanisation, Right to Decide, Right to the City, Catalonia, Barcelona, Scotland, Glasgow, Basque Country, Bilbao
JEL Classification: O35, O38, R58, R11, H77, H7, H79, H70
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