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European Integration and the Maintenance of Regional Cultural Diversity: Symbiosis or Symbolism?


  • Adam Biscoe


BISCOE A. (2001) European integration and the maintenance of regional cultural diversity: symbiosis or symbolism?, Reg. Studies 35, 57-64. This article assesses the tensions resulting from the EU's dual objectives of furthering integration whilst maintaining regional cultural diversity, and reviews the region-related institutional developments, policies and programmes associated with counteracting the cultural homogenizing tendencies of European economic integration for sub-state nations. Utilizing the individual versus group rights debate, the article argues that the nature of European economic integration and its emphasis on individual economic freedom largely oVsets EU initiatives linked to maintaining regional cultural diversity. It concludes that the EU's efforts in this field are mainly of symbolic importance, thus further challenging the widespread notion of a symbiotic relationship between the EU and sub-state nations.

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  • Adam Biscoe, 2001. "European Integration and the Maintenance of Regional Cultural Diversity: Symbiosis or Symbolism?," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(1), pages 57-64.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:35:y:2001:i:1:p:57-64
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400120025673

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    1. Brian Graham Shaw & Mark Hart, 1999. "Cohesion And Diversity In The European Union: Irreconcilable Forces?," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(3), pages 259-268.
    2. Dehousse, R. & Christiansen, T., 1995. "What Model for the Committee of the Regions, Part Experiences and Future Perspectives," Papers 95/2, European Institute - European Forum.
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