Senior Honors Thesis Abstract

The Fall of 2014 will test the borders of Europe. On September 18th and November 9th the regions of Scotland (UK) and Catalonia (Spain), respectively, plan to hold referendums on their independence from their larger states. Such referendums are unheard of in the history of both regions and largely possible due to the democratic norms that exist in Europe today. These votes for secession in Scotland and/or Catalonia will put the Westphalian nation-state model to the test and create a precedent which could change the continent for decades to come. As such, these events call for our acute attention. My senior honors thesis will compare and contrast the referendums taking place in both regions.

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Mobilizing Regional Separatist Sentiment: The Case of North and South Catalonia

My name is Lucas Leblanc, I am a rising junior majoring in International Relations. I am very excited to embark on this research experience in political science! My project has, and will continue to, involve interesting research as well as field work which I will be performing in the Catalan regions of both Spain and France.

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