Catalan Politics 101 with Andrew Dowling

Episode 44: The Symbolic State with Karlo Basta The Sobremesa Podcast

Welcome back to the Sobremesa Podcast in 2022!Karlo Basta is a politics lecturer at Edinburgh University and his book the Symbolic State is out now. Here we discuss multi nation states and the four examples he has analysed in his book of course with an emphasis on Spain and Catalonia. Hope you enjoy it and Feliz Año a todos!
  1. Episode 44: The Symbolic State with Karlo Basta
  2. Episode 43: Why doesn't Spain have a Green Party with Xan Lopez from Contra el Diluvio
  3. Episode 42: Riders Law with Ben Wray from Brave New Europe’s Gig Economy Project
  4. Episode 41: Exhuming Franco with Sebastiaan Faber
  5. Episode 40: The Future of Unidas Podemos

On Sunday the 14th February 2021, Catalonia will go to the polls, this time to elect a regional government. This is the second regional election since the October 2017 independence referendum.

The first in December 2017 was called by then Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, in that election the biggest party Cuidudanos won the most seats but could not form an administration. A regional government was formed by independence forces JuntsxCats/ERC/CUP. Quimm Torra was elected as regional president.

In the April 2019 general election, Torra went against Spanish election rules. After many long judicial battles, Torra was dismissed as regional premier and forced to call regional elections. These are those elections.

Since the 2017 elections much has changed in Catalan politics and national Spanish politics. Both are intertwined and can effect each other.

Here is my interview with Andrew Dowling, a lecturer at Cardiff University and author of the book The Rise of Catalan Independence: Spain’s Territorial Crisis. Here he explains recent developments in Catalan politics and the build up to these elections.

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