Since the end of the Spanish dictatorship, self-government has been a key driver of the socio-economic transformation of Basque society. A democratically-elected local Parliament and government administration took control over health, education, security, and economic planning; and local governing bodies were re-established with the capacity to collect and allocate taxes. The strategies and projects promoted by these self-governing institutions helped to design and implement a model of sustainable human development, rooted in economic growth and social cohesion. The Basque case presents a unique case of systemic transformation under extreme circumstances.
About Gorka Espiau Idoiaga
Gorka Espiau Idoiaga is Professor of Practice at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (McGill University) and Senior Fellow at the Agirre Center for Social and Political Studies.