Unintended Consequences of Devolution: Regionalization and Secessionist Politics in Contemporary Western Europe Public Deposited

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  • Deering, Liam
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • This thesis seeks to show that in a region with pre-existing secessionist sentiment, the creation of a regional legislative institution and an accompanied devolution of powers and competencies to this institution leads to a regionalization of the region’s (and possibly central state’s) party system. This regionalization of the party system fosters support for explicitly secessionist parties by providing them access to the government and to the media. The process of devolution occurred in Catalonia, Flanders, and Scotland during the late twentieth century and continued into the twenty-first century. These three regions will act as evidence of this regionalization and the strengthening of secessionist parties as a result of the creation of a regional legislative institution and the subsequent devolution of powers and competencies.
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  • Jenkins, Robert
  • Hooghe, Liesbet
  • Marks, Gary
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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