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8.4 A Europe of the regions?

What role will the ‘regions’ play in the emerging governance structures of the European Union? This course 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’?

The course 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’.

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course 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.



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