Lost Credibility: Who Should Be Blamed for the Increasing Support for Separatism in Catalonia

Název česky Ztráta důvěryhodnosti: Kdo by měl být obviněn z rostoucí podpory separatismu v Katalánsku


Rok publikování 2017
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Politologická revue
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Ekonomicko-správní fakulta

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Obor Ekonomie
Klíčová slova bilateral trade; credibility; European Union; grievances; nationalism
Popis The recent growth of the Catalan separatist movement is traditionally interpreted as a  consequence of the bad economic performance of the region, or rather the whole country. Th is paper, however, aims to prove that despite the economy’s unquestionable role in the intensifi cation of the nationalist confl ict there may be other important factors involved. One of them is the case of the central government’s loss of credibility and grievances felt by the Catalan people. Th is may have led to an increase in separatist tendencies. On the other hand, the general political environment can be seen as a determinant of bilateral trade. Th erefore, the bad relations between Catalonia and Spain and the increasing separatism in Catalonia aff ect negatively the mutual trade links between the region and the rest of the country. However, this eff ect acts in both directions, as trade diversifi cation and internationalization may also have encouraged separatism. Th e lack of credibility of the government of Mariano Rajoy and the Popular Party has resulted in responses by the inhabitants of Catalonia which are the completely opposite of those expected by the prime minister and his party. Th e absence of dialogue from the central government encourages the separatist movement rather than discouraging it, and threats act as a very strong motivator for those who desire an independent Catalan state.
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