Revised Second Edition
ISBN: 978-84-942752-1-0 (e-book)
ISBN: 978-84-942752–0-3 (paperback)
Legal deposit: SS-802-2014
Author: Dr Igor Calzada
Publisher: Translokal Academic Entrepreneurship SL
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8
Year: 2014 Donostia
What if we were an independent territory? What if, starting today, we began to reflect on independence the very next day after it and started on translating it in action? This is what PostIndependence is (http://www.PostIndependence.org). To that end, the author believes that it is essential that connections with other territories should be bolstered via projects in order to develop a strategic coherent vision and create a place that we would like in the world.
In Europe, milestone changes are taking place in which the right for territories to decide their own future and democratic choices for devolution and independence are becoming key issues. Thus, the rescaling of multilevel governance in the EU remains a priority in the European political agenda. In this direction, this book aims to visualize the Basque Country from the outside and from an international point of view by presenting its realistic choices and inner contradictions with the help of academic constructive, transformational and entrepreneurial contributions.
a) What’s going on? Independence is not a black and white goal but, rather, a way or a democratic process. Independence referendums, which advocate the right to decide, should be democratic processes that ought to be linked with pragmatic territorial strategy and policies. Hence, in de facto independence, the nitty-gritty would be to ask what factor of the governance model would change from today. It would be a matter of preparing for contexts and building the new scenario in our day-to-day routine, beyond mere generic proclaims and pronouncements.
b) In the Basque Country? The Basque Country is a complex and diverse territory. Nowadays, the age of political violence is coming to an end while it is pursuing the beginning of the Post-Violence Political age. As peaceful coexistence is being gradually achieved, and although the Basque Country has been making tremendous progress both functionally and pragmatically, we have not been able to live up any shared strategic vision to the Basque City-Region (Euskal Hiria) metaphor as put forward by the Basque writer Atxaga (www.euskalhiria.org). In other words, we have been unable to deal with the diverse complexity of a divided and irregular territory. As a result, short-term disagreement diminishes our activity while we are being slowed down by idealistic discourses in the long-term. The Basque Country is a victim of its internal inertia. That is why we ought to put the Basque writer Sarrionandia’s #BeingThereIAmHere mantra into effect in the Basque Country by gathering the necessary activity of the wide network of the international Basque TransLokal entrepreneurs. We should behave as a permeable territory that is open to the world by having ongoing external relations. The international wind turning into fresh air inside while the air inside blowing out outside. The book researches the international role of various Basque entities such as MCC, Basque Clubs (Euskal Etxeak), Etxepare Institute, DSS2016, Tabakalera, Clusters, and SPRI, among others. For that purpose, the author wishes to be the herald for people in bypassing organisations. To that end, the author combines the testimony and contributions of several Basque authors and international authors.
c) What for? This contribution, which was undertaken in an academic context aimed at a broad audience, strives to be 100 per cent transformative and entrepreneurial. This book applies the Action Research technique. That is to say, the author makes a comparison between eight territories where he has been carrying out research since 2012. These territories include the Basque Country, Catalonia, Scotland, Dublin, Portland, Oresund, and Liverpool/Manchester. The main conclusion is that, rather than an institutional act, in order for the process of the Basque Country’s independence to be associated with high democratic values; an international community of Basque TransloKal entrepreneurs should be set up. In other words, insofar as de facto independence is accepted per se, the democratic quality of the process should be laid by focusing on the scalability of the strategic content. For that purpose, the author calls for an ongoing and thorough comparison (www.cityregions.org). This project has received institutional and technical support from the University of Oxford (UK) -Future of Cities, COMPAS, InSIS eta Oxford Martin School-, RSA Regional Studies Association, Ikerbasque –Basque Foundation for Science- and the Basque Government.
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