Breaking-up within Europe: sub-state nationalist strategies in multilevel polities

Cetrà, D. and Liñeira, R. (2018) Breaking-up within Europe: sub-state nationalist strategies in multilevel polities. Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(3), pp. 717-729. (doi: 10.1111/jcms.12710)

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This article examines sub‐state nationalist strategies in relation to European integration in the Basque Country, Catalonia, Flanders and Scotland. First, we discuss the impact of European and economic integration on sovereignty and the cost of independence for small nations. Second, we compare the support for the European project in our four territories. We stress that European integration is a divisive issue in British politics but fundamentally consensual in the other cases. Third, we examine the European strategies of sub‐state nationalist parties. We distinguish between two broad strategies, one maximizing regional influence in the EU and the other promoting independence within the EU. Regarding the latter, we focus on the cases of Scotland and Catalonia, where sub‐state nationalist parties currently seek independence.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lineira, Dr Robert
Authors: Cetrà, D., and Liñeira, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Common Market Studies
ISSN (Online):1468-5965
Published Online:23 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 University Association for Contemporary European Studies and John Wiley and Sons Ltd
First Published:First published in Journal of Common Market Studies 56(3): 717-729
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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