More allies, more influence? The Atlantic Arc and transEuropean networks

Angela K. Bourne

in The European Union and the Accommodation of Basque Difference in Spain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780719067501
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701348 | DOI:
More allies, more influence? The Atlantic Arc and transEuropean networks

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This chapter discusses the Basque government campaign that promoted a high-speed train (HST) project that linked Basque towns into European and Spanish transport networks. It first addresses several questions on regional influence in the EU, the importance of domestic interest aggregation, regional alliances with supranational authorities, and whether there is a multilevel process of interest aggregation within the EU. It studies the different Basque government campaigns that influence EU blueprints for high-speed train networks, while focusing on the alliance strategies used. This chapter also discusses the use of various channels for Basque participation in EU decisions, the territorial relations in routine EU policy processes, and the responses from state and supranational authorities.

Keywords: regional influence; domestic interest aggregation; regional alliances; supranational authorities; Basque government campaigns; EU blueprints; alliance strategies; territorial relations; routine EU policy processes

Chapter.  9823 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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