- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Background and context to Europe's regions
- 2 The diversity of regions and regionalisms
- 3 The growth of regionalism and its causes
- 4 Regionalism in the EU
- 5 Toward a ‘Europe of the Regions’?
- 6 Has the future already arrived?
from The Open University
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
Wednesday 22nd May
- 9:00pm, BBC Two, Bankers - Episode 3
- 9:00pm, BBC Two, Bankers
- 11:05pm, BBC One (North East and Cumbria Only, 955 on Sky), Living with Poverty - The Queen of North Shields
- 11:05pm, BBC One (Yorks and Lincs only, 957 on Sky), Living with Poverty - Peas and pay packets
- 11:05pm, BBC One London, East, North East & Cumbria and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, Living with Poverty
- 11:05pm, BBC One (London only, 954 on Sky), Living with Poverty - Mind the gap
- 11:05pm, BBC One (Cambridgeshire, East only, 962 on Sky), Living with Poverty - Country kids
- Thursday 23rd May
- Wednesday 22nd May
- Friday 24th May
- Sunday 26th May
- Wednesday 22nd May
A Europe of the Regions?
What role will the ‘regions’ play in the emerging governance structures of...
What role will the ‘regions’ play in the emerging governance structures of the European Union? This unit examines the rise of the regions and regionalism in Western Europe. You will look at the possible development pathways for Europe: will it become a Federal super-state or a decentralised ‘Europe of the Regions’?
After studying this unit you should be able to:
- recognise the varieties of region and sub-state nations that exist within Europe;
- explain the growth of regionalism;
- critically assess the view that what is evolving is a ‘Europe of the Regions’;
- engage better with debates about the future direction of Europe, and the place of your nation or ‘region’ within it;
- improve your skills of academic reading and note taking for future use.
A Europe of the Regions?
This unit discusses the future of Europe, and it looks particularly closely at what may happen to the smaller political units presently existing below the level of the nation-state. These include nation-regions like Scotland and Wales, larger entities like the German Länder, and smaller more recently created regions with less existing cultural unity. Despite the very large differences between them, for our purposes all these political entities are called ‘regions’. The unit takes a historical glance at how they came into being, and assesses how they are being affected by political and economic developments like globalisation and the growth of the political institutions of the European Community. For the fate of the ‘regions’ depends not just on the nation-states of which they are a part: it cannot be separated from the future of the European Community (EC) itself.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Governing Europe (DD200) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Geography course units or view the range of currently available OU Geography courses.
Copyright & revisions
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements section.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.
Tags, Ratings and Social Bookmarking
- climate change (373)
- business (278)
- diaries (194)
- bottom line (169)
- food (168)
- Rough Science (162)
- internet (146)
- BBC Two (145)
- BBC Radio 4 (140)
- BBC (133)
- Scotland (121)
- points for debate (120)
- listings (120)
- Bang goes the Theory (116)
- children (116)
- Creative Climate (116)
- English Civil War (115)
- astronomy (108)
- Thinking Allowed (105)
- religion (98)
- marketing (94)
- 20th century (94)
- Charles I (93)
- communication (92)
- evolution (91)
- sustainability (89)
- research (88)
- architecture (85)
- energy (83)
- Charles Darwin (78)