Requejo, Ferran

Ferran Requejo is a profesor of Political Science at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he has developed the doctorate program of GRTP. His principle fields of study concern theories of democracy, political liberalism, social democracies of the second post-war period, and federalism in multinational contexts.


Climate change and the environment: What is the best energy?

Four recommendations for the EU countries

By Ferran Requejo, 30th April 2009

energiaeolicamarinaEnergy demand and consumption will not stop growing in the next four decades. And none of the current systems of energy production is problem-free; they all have their pros and cons. And so?


The Human Rights situation: a distressing outlook

Without leadership, multilateralism rhetoric goes nowhere

By Ferran Requejo, 5th March 2009

bankimoondavos.jpgFrom the latest independent reports regarding human rights emerge the cases of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with a serious failure to ensure them, and Spain (like other liberal democracies) with specific cases of failure to ensure them.


Where will the next conflicts take place?

From the (happy) American unipolarity to a world filled with uncertainties

By Ferran Requejo, 20th November 2008

mundoxxi.jpgThe twenty first century has brought with it an outlook very different from the one of happy optimism present in the 1990s; we are looking at a new phase of power redistribution, in which there are already points of possible conflict among the hegemonic powers.


Is Democracy a Condition for Economic Development?

G-8 in Japan: a discussion of growth and aid for the growing global trade policy

By Ferran Requejo, 15th July 2008

hujintaodemocracia.jpgTheories that relate to democracy and economic development have remained obsolete, says the author. Today there are some democratic countries with terribly low rates of economic development and some less than democratic countries that have strongly developed, like China.


Ecological challenges: how to move from declarations to actions

The ostrich strategy (talk a lot…. and look the other way) must be left behind

By Ferran Requejo, 27th March 2008

contaminacionambiental.jpgThese years are decisive: the manner in which the main ecological problems (global warming, deforestation, erosion, soil desertification, the extinction of animal and plant species and the dearth of fresh water) are resolved (or not) will determine the quality of life of future generations. There are countries that have already rolled up their sleeves and gotten to work, but others (such as the United States, Australia and Spain) continue to practice the ostrich strategy; in other words, they hide behind mere rhetoric.


An intermediate solution to the Kosovo conflict

The formation of a Confederation with international military presence

By Ferran Requejo, 9th January 2008

kosovoindepesdf.jpgFinding a solution to the future of Kosovo that satisfies the Serbs and the Albanian-Kosovars is proving to be a difficult task; perhaps the alternative could at one stage be the creation of a Confederation between Serbia and Kosovo, which is still its province; it would not be an optimal situation for either of the parties, but it could be an intermediate route towards the final, peaceful solution to the conflict.


Populism, democracy without liberalism

When paternalism gives preference to liberties and the rule of law

By Ferran Requejo, 20th December 2007

The populists tend to enlarge the group of contemporary non-liberal democracies. The author points out that t is not strange that within a single, caudillo-style leadership that claims to act in the name of the people (pueblo) and for the people, political rights and freedoms, like the freedom of the press, freedom of expression, the plural-party system, and the control of electoral processes are suppressed or diminished.

Without comments

Spain, before and after funding from the European Union

Productivity, research, technology, and contamination: looming problems

By Ferran Requejo, 3rd October 2007

No one has any doubt that the structural funds received from the European Union have contributed in an irrefutable manner to the economic growth witnessed in Spain during the past twenty years. There are aspects in which these funds have placed Spain amongst the highest of European societies, most importantly in the fields of productivity, advanced technology, research, ecology, and innovation.