Disdain, Distrust and Dissolution: Explaining the Catalan Independence Process - Germa Bel
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:00 AM
Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall
Bel: professor of economics and public policy at
University of Barcelona and director of the Observatory of Analysis and Evaluation
of Public Policies.
Support for independence in Catalonia has increased
rapidly over the past decade. This dynamic is the result of Catalans in
political, economic, social, academic, and cultural fields who no longer
believe that the necessary reform of the Spanish Institutions is a viable
option in terms of achieving an acceptable arrangement for Catalonia to stay
within the Spanish State. Rejecting assimilation on the basis that a
uni-national state is unworkable for a host of structural reasons, not least
the lack of reform progress to date, secession is viewed as the preferred
choice for the betterment of the region’s people. Trevor Brown, professor and dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and executive director, State of Ohio Leadership Institute will be a discussant.
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