Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Metropolitanising small European stateless city-regionalised nations

Calzada, Igor ORCID: 2018. Metropolitanising small European stateless city-regionalised nations. Space and Polity 22 (3) , pp. 342-361. 10.1080/13562576.2018.1555958

[thumbnail of Metropolitanising small European stateless city regionalised nations.pdf] PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (2MB)


This article introduces three small, European stateless nations that – invigorated by pervasive metropolitanisation phenomena – are increasingly shaping calls for devolution: Catalonia, the Basque Country and Scotland. These three nations are re-scaling their respective nation-states (Spain and the UK) in different ways: (i) being bolstered by their metropolitan hubs (Barcelona, Bilbao, and Glasgow) and (ii) generating a stateless ‘civic nationalism’ rooted in the metropolitan ‘right to decide’. Oppositional response to this ‘civic nationalism’ has re-emerged as state-centric ‘ethnic nationalism’. This article concludes that gaining or lacking metropolitan support for the ‘right to decide’ will establish the future directions of devolution debates.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1356-2576
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 3 December 2018
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 13:27

Citation Data

Cited 11 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics