A consociational compromise? constitutional evolution in Spain and Catalonia

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Anderson, P. 2021. A consociational compromise? constitutional evolution in Spain and Catalonia. in: Dr Soeren Keil and McCulloch, A (ed.) Power-sharing in Europe past practice, present cases, and future directions Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 201-225
AuthorsAnderson, P.
EditorsDr Soeren Keil and McCulloch, A
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.

KeywordsCatalonia; Spain; Consociationalism; Power-sharing; Independence; Secession
Page range201-225
Year2021
Book titlePower-sharing in Europe past practice, present cases, and future directions
Book authorsKeil, S. and McCulloch A
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Output statusPublished
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ISBN9783030535902
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Deposited15 Feb 2021
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