Since the 1970s, processes of regionalisation across Western Europe have created new electoral arenas in many states. One consequence is that minority nationalist parties now have new opportunities to compete for political representation. In many places, minority nationalist parties have established themselves as key political actors at the regional level, and have ben able to push for further self-government for their nations. And yet, scholars have paid little attention to the implications of decentralisation for these actors as political organisations. We still know relatively little about how minority nationalsit parties have evolved and adapted as they have become increasingly salient in regional politics. This article examines minority nationalist parties' shift from protest to power in two regional contexts: Wales and Galicia. The article provides evidence of changes in party goals, as well as the opportunities and challenges faced, as Plaid Cymru and the Bloque Nacionalista Galego have become mainstream political actors in their respective regional arenas.
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jan 2011|