Offices in Brussels representing the interests of regional actors in the EU have carved out a niche position within Europe's expanding multi-level political system. They are now the most visible indicators of the growing role played by EU regions. How can we understand their contribution to EU governance? What do they deliver to Europe's regions? This book covers these issues.
This book contributes to a view of the future of the European Union that stresses the need for more democracy and for a conception of Europe that emphasizes its diversity. A wide range of issues are explored: inter-regional partnerships; working-class experience in the regions; questions of heritage and identity; European policies such as the Social Chapter, and the Single Market.
In the 1990s, the states of western Europe faced twin challenges, from above in the shape of globalization and European integration, and from below in the form of new regionalist movements. In this authoritative book, Michael Keating traces the historical origins of regionalism, showing that territorial politics has always been a feature of the west European state.