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A Europe of the Regions?
What role will the ‘regions’ play in the emerging governance structures of the European...
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.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 1 Background and context to Europe's regions
- 2 2 The diversity of regions and regionalisms
- 3 3 The growth of regionalism and its causes
- 4 4 Regionalism in the EU
- 5 5 Toward a ‘Europe of the Regions’?
- 6 6 Has the future already arrived?
- 7 Next steps
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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 courses or view the range of currently available OU Geography courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 25th July 2013
Last updated on: Thursday, 25th July 2013
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