Karlo Basta

Associate Professor of Politics

St. John’s (Canada)

From March 31 to April 5, 2019

Biography —

Karlo Basta is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He writes about identity politics in multinational states, symbolic aspects of political institutions, and the politics of events and temporality. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Nations and Nationalism, and other scholarly journals. He is currently completing a book manuscript on decentralization, recognition, and secessionist crises in multinational states.

Project —

During my stay at Faber, I will be developing an ongoing project on independence referenda. While most referenda feature debates about the economic consequences of independence, there are no systematic studies of the role of the key economic actor in this process – regional big business and the related associations. My study is the first to do so, exploring the various strategies deployed by such actors in Catalonia, Scotland, and Quebec, and comparing them to the processes in Slovenia and Western Australia.