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Privatizing Democracy

Global Ideals, European Politics and Basque Territories

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Jule Goikoetxea

Democratization is a process of collective emancipation through self-government. Continuous political contestation is essential for emancipation but, in order to know which strategies and conditions will emancipate us, we also need to know which ones subjugate us. Political mechanisms with the capacity to modulate our individual and collective bodies and make them docile tend to be close relatives of those which make us equal and free.

Drawing on the latest theories concerning globalization and democracy, this book argues that postnational and postsovereign multilevel governance regimes, including the European Union, should be understood as mechanisms of global capitalism aimed at privatizing democracy. Through a detailed applied analysis of the Basque case, the author illustrates how democratization is closely linked to ideas about territory, collective empowerment and institutional political capacity.

Democratization always takes place partially: it never «ends». Contrary to the dominant thinking, this book argues that the incomplete nature of democratization is a positive aspect, with perpetual conflict leading to perpetual change. This is precisely what allows, and obliges, each generation to shape its own forms of emancipation.

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Tables are indicated by the use of italics. abertzalism 166 Abizadeh, Arash 152 absolutism 67 accountability, democratic 114, 182, 199 actor-network (ANT) 106, 107, 108, 110–111 Agnew, John 108–109 Ahedo, Igor 165, 166 Andalusia 132, 231 Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarre Euroregion 165, 172–175 Araba (BC) 128, 129, 135, 163, 199, 201 Arana, Sabino 161 arbitrariness 50–51, 74 Ardanza, Jose Antonio 139 Ardanza Document 139 assemblages 12–13, 105–112, 119, 166–172, 169–171 Asturias 134 Atlantic Arc 19, 186 audit democracy 37 Auer, Andreas 27 Australia 123, 126 authority 41, 213–214 autonomous communities (AC) 131, 134, 143, 156, 185, 221–224, 225 see also Basque Autonomous Community (BAC) autonomy 40, 147, 221–223, 228 see also Statute of Autonomy banking sector 21 banks, savings 188, 199, 223–224 Barcelona 133 Barry, Andrew 236 Basque Autonomous Community (BAC) 119, 122–157, 184–187, 196–206, 231 Basque Country (BC) 40, 119, 124–125, 136, 137 Basque Economic Agreement 123, 129, 142, 143, 203 Basque-French territories 160 Basque government (BG) 129–130, 135–136, 216 Basque Innovation Agency 202 Basque Nationalist Party (PNV–EAJ) 138–139, 141, 142, 143, 148, 198, 203 Basque Parliament 128, 139, 140, 145, 147, 215 Basque Social and Economic Council (CESV) 204 Basque State Institutions (BSI) 115–116, 182–183, 187, 190–194, 211, 219, 230 Basque Tax Contribution 129, 143 Basquism 163, 164, 166 Batasuna (socialist party) 140 Béarn (France) 160 Beauvoir, Simone de 237 Behe-Nafarroa (France) 121, 160 Belgium 174 Bentham,...

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