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Disdain, Distrust and Dissolution: Explaining the Catalan Independence Process - Germa Bel

Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall

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Germà 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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