Room K, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Wednesday 28th March 09:00 - 10:30
Panel Chair: 
  • Professor Jonathan Bradbury (Swansea University)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Arjan Schakel (Maastricht University)
  • Dr Caroline Gray (Aston University)
  • Dr Elodie Fabre (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Ms Coree Brown Swan (University of Edinburgh)

Since the second half of the 20th century regions have been key foci of political change and democratic innovation in Europe.  The panel addresses three key aspects of the research agenda that this has raised.  Fabre addresses the outcomes of one of the key justifications for regionalism and state decentralisation; that it would enhance democracy.  She addresses a range of forms of democratic innovation to enhance citizen engagement, comparing between the national and regional levels in a comparative study of the UK and Spain.  Gray addresses the potential for such regionalism to transform the state by asking the question why some political movements go on to seek independence and others not, specifically comparing between the experiences of Catalonia and the Basque country.  The final paper by Schakel and Massetti addresses the significance of European integration to the the politics of regionalism by providing a comparative analysis of regionalist parties' positions on European integration.  It relates patterns of declining support for integration to the demise of the Europe of the Regions vision.