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Made-to-Measure Future(s) for Democracy?

Views from the Basque Atalaia

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Discusses the development of democracy in the Basque Country

  • Analyzes tensions between the neoliberal vision of democracy

  • and its practical applications at different levels of government

Part of the book series: Contributions to Political Science (CPS)

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Contemplating from the Basque Atalaia the Challenges Posed by the Different Forms and Scales of Contemporary Democracy

    • Igor Filibi, Julen Zabalo, Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. The Challenge of Finding a Cosmopolitan Democratic Model

    • Argimiro Rojo Salgado
    Pages 15-34Open Access
  4. The Tensions Generated by the Neo-liberal Attempt to Domesticate Democracy, at State and Global Level

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 35-35
    2. The Neoliberal Commercialisation of Citizen Participation in Spain

      • Jone Martínez-Palacios, Andere Ormazabal Gaston, Igor Ahedo Gurrutxaga
      Pages 37-58Open Access
    3. Responses from Urban Democratization to Global Neoliberalism

      • Iago Lekue, Imanol Telleria
      Pages 59-73Open Access
    4. State Construction and Democratization: The Basque Union Majority in the Face of Systemic Exclusion

      • Jon Azkune, Jule Goikoetxea, Eneko A. Romero
      Pages 75-93Open Access
  5. New Practices of Citizenship in Emerging Scales and Frameworks of Western Democracy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 95-95
    2. The City, Urbanization and Inequality

      • Jordi Borja
      Pages 119-138Open Access
    3. Democracy Beyond the Nation-State: From National Sovereignty to Pluralist European Sovereignty

      • Javier Uncetabarrenechea, Igor Filibi
      Pages 139-157Open Access
    4. Popular Power as Subject of Democratic Transformation: A New Power for the Emergence of Communal Democracy

      • Saúl Curto-López, Luis Miguel Uharte Pozas
      Pages 175-193Open Access
  6. Deepening Democracy, Analysing Practical Strategies for the Participation of Basque Society

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 195-195
    2. Exploring New Citizenship Practices: The Meaning of Young Activists’ Political Engagement in the Basque Country

      • Ane Larrinaga, Onintza Odriozola, Mila Amurrio, Iker Iraola
      Pages 217-239Open Access
  7. Critical Vision of the Epistemological Methodologies and Frameworks from Which Contemporary Western Democracy Is Analysed

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 283-283
    2. Methodologies for Transductive Strategies

      • Tomás R. Villasante
      Pages 285-305Open Access

About this book

This open access volume analyses the development of democracy at different levels of governance (from local to global). The Basque search for an institutional and democratic model that adapts to its social needs and solves its problems offers an interesting perspective for analyzing the way in which democracy is seeking new forms of materialization from the local to the global. The volume is divided into four parts.

The chapters in Part I analyze the tensions between the neoliberal vision of democracy and the voices contesting it, with projections at different levels of government. The chapters in Part II focus on the emerging framework and scales of Western democracy. The chapters in Part III present new forms of citizen participation, paying special - though not exclusive - attention to new practical strategies for Basque society. The volume concludes with a block of chapters on the relevance of reviewing the methodological and epistemological frameworks from which knowledge about democracy and mechanisms of citizen participation is generated (Part IV). By delving deeper into the idea and practice of democratic governance, this volume will be of interest to researchers and students from all disciplines of politics, international relations, sociology and law.


  • Basque Country
  • Basque society
  • Western democracy
  • neolibralism
  • inequality
  • citizen participation
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

    Julen Zabalo

  • Department of International Law and International Relations, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain

    Igor Filibi

  • Department of Public Law, Historical-Legal Sciences and Political Thought, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain

    Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio

About the editors

Julen Zabalo is a Doctor of Political Geography and a professor at the University of the Basque Country’s Sociology and Social work department. His research focuses on identity, citizenship Basque nationalism and social movements.

Igor Filibi is Professor of International Relations at Department of Public Law, Historical-Legal Sciences and Political Thought at the University of the Basque Country. His research interests include European integration; nationalism and national conflicts; globalization, democracy and state transformation.

Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio is Full Professor of Constitutional Law at the Department of Public Law, Historical-Legal Sciences and of Political Though of the University of the Basque Country. She is a Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Biological Sciences. Her research interests include multilevel governance and EU law; Bioethics and Biolaw; identity and data protection; agri-food biotechnologies; Bioeconomy. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Made-to-Measure Future(s) for Democracy?

  • Book Subtitle: Views from the Basque Atalaia

  • Editors: Julen Zabalo, Igor Filibi, Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio

  • Series Title: Contributions to Political Science

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • License: CC BY-NC-ND

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-08607-6Published: 26 November 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-08610-6Published: 26 November 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-08608-3Published: 25 November 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2198-7289

  • Series E-ISSN: 2198-7297

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 369

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: European Politics, Governance and Government, Public Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)