Michael Keating analyses how recent years have witnessed an explosion of international activity by stateless regions and nations around the world, and especially in Europe. There are currently more than 200 regional “embassies” in Brussels lobbying the European Commission. They are interconnected and involved in the emerging politics of the European communities. Catalonia has also sought to direct much of its paradiplomacy through public-private bodies with specific interests in matters of economic or cultural development.

This article forms part of issue 15-16 of the IDEES magazine, “Catalonia, Foreign Affairs”, published in print format between July and December 2002. The PDF article is available to download in Catalan below.

IDEES 15_16

Michael Keating

Michael Keating és ​politòleg i escriptor expert en nacionalisme, política europea, política regional i descentralització. És Catedràtic de la Universitat d'Aberdeen, on fa classes sobre política escocesa, i ex director del ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change de la Universitat d'Edimburg. Durant 40 anys, ha escrit sobre política escocesa i ha publicat àmpliament sobre nacionalisme i política territorial a Espanya, França, Itàlia, Bèlgica i Canadà. Entre les seves publicacions destaquen Nations against the State: The New Politics of Nationalism in Quebec, Catalonia and Scotland (Macmillan, 1996), Plurinational Democracy: Stateless Nations in a Post-Sovereignty Era (Oxford University Press, 2001), The Independence of Scotland (Oxford University Press, 2009), Rescaling the European State (Oxford University Press, 2013) i Debating Scotland (Oxford University Press, 2017).