A fiscal path to sovereignty? The Basque Economic Agreement and nationalist politics

Abstract

Bilateral Spanish-Basque relations over the Basque model of near fiscal autonomy (Concierto Económico or Economic Agreement) have been characterized by more tension than harmony since the 1980s. The main source of discord lies in different conceptions of the model: while the Basque nationalists seek increasing fiscal autonomy verging on sovereignty within Europe, Spanish governments see it as a form of fiscal decentralization within Spain remaining subordinate to Spanish legislation. These different conceptions cannot easily co-exist in a loose relationship of mutual tolerance because the development of the model continues to bring them into conflict, feeding into the broader political clash over how best to accommodate the Basque region within or with Spain.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13537113.2015.1003489
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics on 13/3/15, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13537113.2015.1003489 Also published as chapter 4 of the book version of the journal special issue: Contesting Spain? The dynamics of nationalist movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country (Routledge, 2015)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spain,Basque Country,fiscal decentralization,autonomous communities,regional politics,political economy,nationalism,Social Sciences(all),Arts and Humanities(all)
Publication ISSN: 1557-2986
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 07:20
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 12:35
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-03-13
Authors: Gray, Caroline (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8634-1468)

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