This book explores the new debates on Basque sovereignty and statehood that have emerged in the post-violence Basque political scenario. It deciphers how sovereignty is understood or imagined by a revitalized civil society after the unilateral cessation of operations by ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom). The contributors to this book investigate the new political field developing in the nexus between conventional party politics, established socio-cultural and linguistic organizations, creative civil society initiatives, and innovative activism.

This book is for graduate students, scholars and professionals in political science, social anthropology, European studies, political philosophy, transnational studies, sociology, political geography, and global studies. It will also be of interest to academic specialists in Basque studies, specialists working on sovereignty, nationalism and globalization, and professionals in governance, international relations, foreign affairs, European politics and diplomacy.

chapter |17 pages


Basque sovereignty revisited
ByÅshild Kolås

chapter 1|27 pages

Sovereignty, boundaries and violence

Constructing the Basque national self (1959–2011)
ByDaniele Conversi

chapter 2|19 pages

Changes in the Basque sovereignty demand

ByIban Galletebeitia, Pedro Ibarra Güell

chapter 3|22 pages

Sovereignty and contention

The evolution of Basque nationalism in Spain
ByMario Zubiaga

chapter 4|19 pages

The contested transnational mirror of the Basque country

Playing homeland politics with the diaspora
ByPedro J. Oiarzabal

chapter 5|21 pages

Multiple sovereignties?

Civil society and territorial construction in Iparralde
ByXabier Itçaina

chapter 6|17 pages

Sovereignty, capacity and democracy

The Basque case
ByJule Goikoetxea

chapter 7|17 pages

Sovereignty revisited

The Basque case
ByPedro Ibarra Güell, Iban Galletebeitia, Mario Zubiaga, Jule Goikoetxea, Igor Ahedo, Javier Alcalde, Pablo Aguiar