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The Party Politics of Territorial Reforms in Europe

International Workshop on Party Politics and Territorial Reforms hosted by the IoG, 26-27 November 2010

Organisers: Simon Toubeau, Emanuele Massetti
Venue: Raeburn Room, Old College, EH8 9YL




9.00 – 9.30
Introductory Remarks

9.30 – 11.00

1. Comparative Case Studies

Peter Bursens and Jana Deforche (University of Antwerp), Territorial reform in Belgium, Germany, Spain and the UK: the impact of party politics on regional strategic behaviour.

Eike-Christian Hornig and Domnic Heinz (University of Hagen), Catch-all politics under stress: Non-territorially defined parties and territorial reforms in Western Europe.

(Discussant: Charlie Jeffery )
11.30 - 13.00

2. Belgium

Kris Deschouwer (Vrije Universiteit Brussels), Party Politics of Territorial Reforms in Belgium

Regis Dandoy (Universite Libre de Bruxelles), Territorial Reforms and Party Competition in Belgium

(Discussant: Wilfried Swenden)

14.00 - 15.30

3. Spain

Joan Botella (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona), Neither Federalism nor Centralism: Territorial Reforms in Spain, 2004– 10

Tania Verge (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Political decentralization and the Spanish party system: The statewide parties’ preferences on the State of the Autonomies, 1977-2010

(Discussant: Elodie Fabre)
16.30 - 18.00

4. Case-Studies

Emanuele Massetti and Simon Toubeau (University of Edinburgh), Party Politics, Federalism and Constitutional Reform in Italy (1994-2010)

Ed Turner and Carolyn Rowe (University of Aston), Party Politics and the German federal reforms

(Discussant: Michael Keating)



9.00 – 11.00

1. Comparative Case Studies

Luis de la Calle (Juan March Institute), Reputation Building vs. Partisan Interests: Under What Conditions do Governments  deliver Concessions to Territorial Minorities

Valentyna Romanova (University of Edinburgh), The Party Politics of Territorial Reforms in Ukraine

Ed Maxfield (Sussex University), Resistance to change: Romania’s debate over territorial reforms

(Discussant: Simon Toubeau, Emanuele Masetti, Valentyna Romanova)

11.30 - 12.30

Roundtable Discussion


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