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A Consociational Compromise? Constitutional Evolution in Spain and Catalonia

Anderson, P (2020) A Consociational Compromise? Constitutional Evolution in Spain and Catalonia. In: Keil, S and McCulloch, A, (eds.) Power-Sharing in Europe: Past Practice, Present Cases, and Future Directions. Springer, pp. 201-225. ISBN 978-3-030-53590-2

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Abstract

This chapter examines the prospects of a consociational compromise in Spain and Catalonia as a response to the protracted constitutional stalemate between the two governments. While Spain’s transition to democracy in the late 1970s had a clear consociational tinge, it has since evolved toward the entrenchment of a majoritarian and mononational interpretation of the state, hostile to its plurinational reality and to minority nationalist aspirations in territories like Catalonia. Hitherto, no institutional resolution has been found to satisfy the demands of both sides. This chapter argues that consociational philosophy has much to offer to Spain and Catalonia. While a more consensual approach to politics is crucial to thawing the frosty relations between the pro- and anti-independence sides, the development of a fully-fledged consociational system has yet to gain much traction.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Catalonia
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 10:19
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 10:19
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-030-53590-2_9
Editors: Keil, S and McCulloch, A
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15880

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