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Philip Cooke and Kevin Morgan

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290186

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290186.001.0001

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The Basque Conundrum: Regional Autonomy and Economic Decline

The Basque Conundrum: Regional Autonomy and Economic Decline

(p.162) 7 The Basque Conundrum: Regional Autonomy and Economic Decline
The Associational Economy

Philip Cooke

Kevin Morgan

Oxford University Press

The key themes of this chapter are the scope and limits of the regional state and the potential of the new associational strategies. This chapter also examines and attempts to understand the wider national context of the Basque Country because many of its problems are associated with a Spanish system which has been something of a hothouse of economic and political change since it joined the European community in 1986. The Basque Country is a salutory reminder that, of itself, regional government is not a panacea for economic regeneration. Arguably, there is no region in the EU which enjoys more political autonomy than the Basque Country, where the provinces have unique tax-raising powers. However, this political capacity is not matched by an equally robust political consensus hence the potential of the regional state apparatus has been compromised in practice by ideological conflicts between socialists and nationalists on the one hand, and between rival nationalists on the other. Arresting economic decline would be demanding enough with political consensus; without it the task becomes that much more difficult.

Keywords:   regional state, associational strategies, Basque Country, political autonomy, economic decline

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