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?