Panel IV: The Future Political Map

Panel IV: The Future Political Map

14 June 2016 12:00-13:30

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive nation­al gov­ern­ments are expe­ri­enc­ing a par­a­digm shift. In Scot­land and Cat­alo­nia, but also in Don­bas and the Cau­ca­sus, region­al inde­pen­dence move­ments are enjoy­ing unprece­dent­ed suc­cess. Ref­er­en­da are becom­ing increas­ing­ly com­mon as decision-making tools, the glare of social media rep­re­sents a new form of account­abil­i­ty, and the line between social move­ments and polit­i­cal par­ties is becom­ing blurred. Are we wit­ness­ing a resur­gence in age-old pop­ulism, or deep­er polit­i­cal frus­tra­tion? And does the tra­di­tion­al nation-state still have a role to play in the 21st cen­tu­ry?

In this pan­el, we ask:

  • Is region­al sep­a­ratism about iden­ti­ty or rep­re­sen­ta­tion?
  • What is the right bal­ance between gov­ern­ment by the peo­ple and for the peo­ple?
  • How much state do we need in a glob­alised world?