Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State (Basque Series) by Andre Lecours

By Andre Lecours

An exam of Basque nationalism from a historic standpoint Basque nationalism has been commonly tested from the views of Basque tradition and inner stipulations within the Basque state, yet Andre Lecours is without doubt one of the first to illustrate how Basque nationalism was once formed by way of the numerous varieties and ancient stages of the Spanish country. His dialogue employs the most debated ways within the social sciences -- historic institutionalism -- and it contains an updated exam of the conditions for, and results of, contemporary occasions similar to ETA's statement in 2006 of an enduring cease-fire. Lecours additionally analyzes different facets of Basque nationalism, together with the diplomacy of the Basque self reliant executive, in addition to the responses of the modern Spanish country and the way it deploys its personal model of nationalism. ultimately, the publication deals a comparative dialogue of Basque, Catalan, Scottish, Flemish, and Quebecois nationalist events, suggesting that nationalism within the Basque state, regardless of the historic presence of violence, is in lots of methods just like nationalism in different industrialized democracies. Basque Nationalism and the Spanish nation is an unique and provocative dialogue that's crucial analyzing for someone attracted to the Basques or within the improvement of contemporary nationalist routine.

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Critical junctures represent moments where the institutional landscape is transformed and, along with it, the patterns of agency it supports. ”90 Historical institutionalists often portray critical junctures as exogenous shocks, which has brought the criticism of being unable to provide an institutionalist explanation for institutional change. 91 However, this study is interested in put- Introduction 19 ting forward a perspective on Basque nationalism using the various historical forms of the Spanish state as critical junctures, rather than explaining these institutional transformations.

Sociological institutionalism developed out of organizational theory. 75 This approach typically defines institutions as “rules of the game” and has been used mostly to study legislatures and political parties. 76 From this perspective, institutional change occurs when a specific institutional framework yields suboptimal results: at this point, actors make the conscious decision to remodel institutions. This study chooses to adopt historical institutionalism. I will explain in the next few paragraphs why this approach is the most appropriate for tackling substate nationalism.

The repressive approach of the Franco dictatorship, combined with the legacy of its traditionalist founding fathers, also served to radicalize the Basque nationalist movement. Finally, the Estado de las Autonomías Introduction 21 of the democratic state consecrated, sustained, and bolstered nationalism as the dominant form of politics in the Basque Country while also rehabilitating Spanish nationalism as a political option. The political projects stemming from the different variants of both Basque and Spanish nationalism have been institutionalized in a series of conflictual/competitive patterns of political relationships supported by the federal-like structure of the democratic Spanish state.

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