Bringing Europe Closer to the Citizen? Regions and the European Convention

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Abstract

This article investigates whether increased concern to ‘bring Europe closer to the citizen’ and the more inclusive European Convention format enhanced the influence of member state territorial actors in EU treaty-making. To this end, four questions are explored
in a case study of Spanish territorial actors’ experience of the Convention process: What did regions and minority nationalists hope to gain from the Convention? Who represented them there? What domestic pressures could they apply on Convention members? To what extent did individual Convention members defend or articulate regional and minority nationalist preferences? It is concluded that while the Convention method facilitated participation of actors formally representing certain Spanish territorial actors for the first time, overall the Convention method did not greatly improve their involvement in debate. This was largely due to the partisan and representative mandates of the Spanish Convention delegation, limited domestic collaboration between territorial actors, limited pressure territorial actors could apply on Convention members via domestic institutions, and the tendency of Convention members
to articulate government or purely partisan positions.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftRegional & Federal Studies
Vol/bind15
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)1-20
Antal sider20
ISSN1359-7566
StatusUdgivet - 2006
Udgivet eksterntJa

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