Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/297770
Title:
Europe of the Regions in Rhetoric and Reality
Author:
Thoman, William Mark
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The phrase "Europe of the Regions" has been used to describe the EU and denotes a principle of regional recognition and empowerment. Regions all over Europe have hoped that the European Union would grant them power to bypass the central government and in some cases, pave the way for independence. The Maastricht Treaty helped by creating multiple institutions which the regions had direct or indirect access to, such as the Committee of the Regions. Many regionalist parties established offices in Brussels to represent their interests and a greatly expanded role of the regions seemed plausible. However with 20 years since the Maastricht Treaty, it appears that initial hopes were misplaced, as regions lack the power to bypass central governments. This paper seeks to examine how powerful regions, namely Catalonia and Scotland, can affect EU policy both through official channels and secondary influence. By looking at a number of channels it is clear that in these two cases the EU has empowered regions, but not to an extent where they are able to bypass their central governments
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Political Science
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Kurzer, Paulette

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dc.titleEurope of the Regions in Rhetoric and Realityen_US
dc.creatorThoman, William Marken_US
dc.contributor.authorThoman, William Marken_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe phrase "Europe of the Regions" has been used to describe the EU and denotes a principle of regional recognition and empowerment. Regions all over Europe have hoped that the European Union would grant them power to bypass the central government and in some cases, pave the way for independence. The Maastricht Treaty helped by creating multiple institutions which the regions had direct or indirect access to, such as the Committee of the Regions. Many regionalist parties established offices in Brussels to represent their interests and a greatly expanded role of the regions seemed plausible. However with 20 years since the Maastricht Treaty, it appears that initial hopes were misplaced, as regions lack the power to bypass central governments. This paper seeks to examine how powerful regions, namely Catalonia and Scotland, can affect EU policy both through official channels and secondary influence. By looking at a number of channels it is clear that in these two cases the EU has empowered regions, but not to an extent where they are able to bypass their central governmentsen_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKurzer, Paulette-
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