Subnational Democracy in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities

Paperback | April 15, 2004

byJohn Loughlin

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This book is the result of a research project carried out for the Committee of the Regions and analyses the 'state of play' of democratic practice at the subnational level in all of the European Member states. Its initial hypothesis was that liberal democracy is closely associated with therise of the nation state in the 19th century. The nation state, however, has been significantly changing under the impact of various forces including globalization and regionalization, internal reforms of the public administration system such as privatization and deregulation, and the emergence ofregions and local authorities as actors in their own rights. these changes pose challenges for the practice of democracy and, in particular, for its expression at the regional and local level.The book deals with the theoretical implications of these changes in terms of the changing nature of the state and new regionalism. However, one of the key findings is that there is no one uniform meaning of democracy across member states and there are variations even within a single state dependingon whether the national or subnational levels are considered.Each country chapter gives the historical and philosophical background to the concept of democracy in each country. There is also an exposition of the institutional expression of democracy at the different levels. With regard to the practice of democracy at the subnational level, the role ofpressure groups and policy networks is examined as well as the role of political parties. There is a survey of critiques of subnational democracy. Finally, there is a survey of innovative approaches to improving regional and local democracy through a variety of mechanisms and reforms as ways ofresponding to the challenge and opportunities facing it today

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This book is the result of a research project carried out for the Committee of the Regions and analyses the 'state of play' of democratic practice at the subnational level in all of the European Member states. Its initial hypothesis was that liberal democracy is closely associated with therise of the nation state in the 19th century. T...

John Loughlin is a Professor of European Politics, Cardiff University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:436 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:April 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Notes on ContributorsList of TablesList of Figures1. John Loughlin: Introduction: The Transformation of the Democratic State in Western EuropePart 1: The Anglo-Saxon Tradition2. John Loughlin: The United Kingdom: From Hypercentralization to Devolution3. John Loughlin: Ireland: From Colonized Nation to 'Celtic Tiger'Part 2: The Germanic Tradition4. Udo Bullmann: Germany: Federalism under Strain5. Udo Bullmann: Austria: The End of Proportional Government?6. Frank Hendriks: The Netherlands: Reinventing Tradition in Local and Regional Democracy7. Frank Hendriks: Luxembourg: Change and Continuities in the Local StatePart 3: The Napoleonic Tradition8. John Loughlin and Daniel-L. Seiler: France: Between Centralization and Fragmentation9. John Loughlin: Italy: The Crisis of the Second Republic10. Eliseo Aja: Spain: Nation, Nationalities, and Regions11. John Loughlin: Portugal: The Difficulties of Regionalization12. John Loughlin: Greece: Between 'Henosis and Decentralization13. Frank Hendriks: Belgium: Federalism and Subnational Democracy in a Divided CountryPart 4: The Scandinavian Tradition14. Anders Lidstrom: Sweden: The End of the 'Swedish Model'?15. Anders Lidstrom: Denmark: Between Scandinavian Democracy and Neo-Liberalism16. Anders Lidstrom: Finland: Geo-Political Changes and EuropeanizationPart 5: Conclusions17. John Loughlin: Conclusions: The Transformation of Regional and Local Democracy in Western EuropeIndex

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`... this book will be a useful reference work for teachers and students of politics and political geography, and for those with an interest in the role of governance structures in regional and local development.'Regional Studies