Monday, February 6, 2023

From the territorial structure to give meaning to Castilla-La Mancha (Part I)

Projecting a territory from provinces that were never united as a region required the creation of an institutional structure that, now after forty years of existence, required the initiation of a new denotation process that would lead to Castilla-La Be deep in giving meaning to the platform.

The most successful historical attempt to project a region with a definite political expression occurs with the approval of the Statute of Autonomy of 1982, which combined an executive-administrative power (Community Board) and a constitutionally protected legislative power (Las Cortes). Configures self-government with. , , After some attempts in the past without much political pretense. Therefore, it would not be a consolidation of a regional or nationalistic political ideology, but a constitutional mandate that would facilitate regional autonomy.

Forty years after the formation of the Junta de Comunidades and the Cortes of Castilla-La Mancha, we of La Mancha have been able to understand the institutional presence of the Castilian regional administration, with its successes and errors. Seen from a historical perspective, no one can deny the significant progress in the rights and benefits enjoyed by the citizens of our region now. The community board has indicated to complete the management of proximity to various issues and problems related to our land.

Primarily these achievements have been achieved by the intermediary position that community boards have played between the state and town halls/councils. Such mediation includes policies that do not embarrass the central government and that make it possible for city councils and provincial councils to justify political activity. Such mediation is achieved through the activation of three fundamental factors. First, by not playing within the State Territorial Board, a fractious position with the national government on duty, unwittingly assuming legislation on territorial matters published through the State: being on the board was sufficient (when in Spain’s national history ) has any of the Castilian-La Mancha provinces counted in the whole state for any structural policy? Never!), autonomy would allow the junta’s government to autonomously set regional priorities and establish a framework of relations through its own powers. matters within its competence, with civil society in the region and, moreover, through regional courts to legislate and control. For its part, relations with town halls and provincial councils have been modified through two types of relations, either of a competitive nature (supply policy and competitive competition) or bilateral relations (cooperation policy).

However, assuming autonomous development in Castilla-La Mancha should not only be sufficient to acknowledge what has been achieved so far to conform and adapt to the social and economic reality generated by this described process. Rather, at this point of forty years of autonomy, we must make a collective reflection on how to direct and project the political, social, economic and cultural project of Castilla-La Mancha. The challenges we face as a community are diverse and heterogeneous in nature: globalization, technological advances, diversity and plurality of civil society in the region, cultural needs, etc.

All this leads us to a political trajectory that requires a diverse reflective attention and adequate vision to avoid falling into division and fragmentation of problems or challenges, which can be addressed through programmes-projects. are addressed, i.e., the separation of problems and interventions. I think a collective effort of thinking is necessary to achieve the vision of the community as a whole. I think there are three elements that will facilitate the debate on how to project this field in the coming decades. Regional integration, social and economic democratization and cultural expression.

The future of democracy and regional political action cannot, in short, continue to develop with the old tools, typical of other times, political modernization involves introducing regional polycentrism with functional areas appropriate to the needs of the population, which Democratization, social, facilitates channeling. Social needs through the definition of new formulas to promote participatory-action and democratic culture, transcending the model of participating cultural infrastructure to facilitate cultural action with a regional and autonomous perspective.

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