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"Europe’s regions in a new system of governance? The case of Catalonia in Spain and the EU"

Malloy, Michael. (1997) "Europe’s regions in a new system of governance? The case of Catalonia in Spain and the EU". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    During the 1990s there has been an explosion of administrative activity at the regional level in Europe as the EU continues to develop funding initiatives for regional projects, economic develop, and "cohesion." Starting with its initial sessions on March 9-10, 1994 the Committee of the Regions now consults the Council and the Commission on a wide variety of issues concerning the regions. Since the Maastricht conference of 1991 the prospect of this new regional body within the EU, couple with the transfer of state competencies to the supranational level, have generated much debate about its potential impact upon the modern European state. Is the modern European state being eroded from below and absorbed from above? This paper disagrees with the "multi-level governance" argument and resists the implication present in the above views that the modern European state will fundamentally change in the near future. The EU is becoming a more significant center of political power, and the regions are a growing presence in the policy process, but my findings indicate that the political dynamics at the European level are not altering the fundamental reality of the modern European state. Furthermore, when significant change does occur it is the product of domestic political dynamics within specific states; such power redistribution towards distinctive peripheries is not a result of regional activity at the European level.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional development.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Spain
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level > subnational/regional/territorial
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Committee of Regions
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2006
    Page Range: p. 50
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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