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How does the European Union affect devolution and nationalist conflict in member states? Does the EU reduce the scope of regional self-government or enhance it? Does it promote conflict or cooperation among territorial entities? These are pressing questions in Spanish politics, where devolution has been an important tool for managing nationalist disputes, and for the Basque Country, where protracted and sometimes violent nationalist conflicts persist. Addressing these issues, this book explores prospects for an autonomous Basque role in EU politics; institutional arrangements for autonomous community participation in EU decision making; Basque government alliances with other regions and the EU's supranational bodies; EU incentives for collaboration among Basque and central state authorities; the impact of EU decisions on politically sensitive Basque competencies; and the incidence of EU issues in nationalist disputes. It presents a theoretical framework for analysing the impact of the EU on regional power.

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Angela K. Bourne

This introductory chapter discusses the European Union's (EU) impact on Basque Country politics. It identifies the theme of EU scholarship, which examines the relationship between the EU and regional governance. It then addresses two questions that reflect the rationales for Basque devolution and significant debates in EU scholarship on regional governance. This chapter also outlines the other chapters.

in The European Union and the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain
Angela K. Bourne

This chapter studies arguments on regional power and European integration. It first discusses the concept of ‘regional power’ before focusing on the arguments about the impact of European integration on regional power. Next, the discussion tries to determine why European integration and regional power contradict each other and it examines a theoretical framework that is designed to study the different proposals about European integration and regional power. This chapter also studies the effect of European integration.

in The European Union and the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain
Angela K. Bourne

This chapter discusses the assumption that devolution has been an important tool for the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain. It studies the main arrangements and rationales for Basque devolution and looks at the nature of modern devolution and its implications for political conflict in the Basque Country. This chapter also lists the primary actors, important issues and disputes in Basque politics, and emphasises the characteristics of Basque relations with central state authorities.

in The European Union and the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain
Angela K. Bourne

This chapter explores the system of intergovernmental relations and tries to determine if it functions as a vehicle for powersharing in state European Union (EU) decisions. It takes a look at the adaptations within Spain and the effectiveness of the channels for Basque participation in state decisions on EU matters. It also examines the Basque involvement in state intergovernmental and parliamentary bodies, and then discusses the importance of informal links between political parties ruling in multiple territorial arenas.

in The European Union and the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain
Angela K. Bourne

This chapter takes a look at Basque participation in EU decision bodies, including the European Commission advisory committees and the Committee of the Regions (CoR). It studies the responses of the EU and the state to the demands in EU decisionmaking and analyses the domestic debates and arrangements that allow Basque and other autonomous communities' involvement in EU bodies.

in The European Union and the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain
The Atlantic Arc and transEuropean networks
Angela K. Bourne

This chapter discusses the Basque government campaign that promoted a high-speed train (HST) project that linked Basque towns into European and Spanish transport networks. It first addresses several questions on regional influence in the EU, the importance of domestic interest aggregation, regional alliances with supranational authorities, and whether there is a multilevel process of interest aggregation within the EU. It studies the different Basque government campaigns that influence EU blueprints for high-speed train networks, while focusing on the alliance strategies used. This chapter also discusses the use of various channels for Basque participation in EU decisions, the territorial relations in routine EU policy processes, and the responses from state and supranational authorities.

in The European Union and the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain
Angela K. Bourne

This chapter examines an important event in the lengthy dispute between Basque, the central government and several EU bodies on the scope of politically sensitive Basque taxation powers. It studies the distinct features of the Basque taxation regime and its political significance in modern Basque politics. It then studies the development of EU challenges to Basque taxation measures and the arguments formed by the European Commission. This chapter also discusses defensive Basque government strategies that protect taxation powers against EU challenges.

in The European Union and the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain
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Angela K. Bourne

This chapter identifies several conclusions that can be drawn from the present research. This includes the observation that European integration is important for Basque selfgovernment. It then considers a series of research questions that investigate the impact of European integration on patterns of conflict and cooperation between central and Basque authorities and on Basque political power. This chapter stresses that these conclusions do not close the debate on the impact of the EU on Basque politics, but it does identify what is at stake in the changing context of postwar European politics.

in The European Union and the accommodation of Basque difference in Spain