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“Smart Devolution” and Metropolitan and City-Regional Politics

Igor Calzada explores the process of devolution and the emergence of right-wing and progressive nationalism. Calzada argues that an ongoing “metropolitanization effect” is increasingly shaping city-regional political responses by overlapping metropolitan, city-regional, and national political agendas. Calzada asserts that this is clear in the cases of Glasgow, Barcelona, and Bilbao. Calzada suggests the term “smart devolution” to promote fresh approaches to metropolitan and city-regional politics, policies, and experimental democracy within these nation-states. Read more here.

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