Spain's multinational constitution: A lost opportunity?

Antoni Abat Ninet, Adrià Rodés Mateu

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The Spanish Constitution of 1978 provided an opportunity for minority nationalities within Spain to achieve a degree of political autonomy not shared by others within the state. During the constituent process, the non-Spanish speaking national communities of Catalonia and the Basque Country were the only political entities demanding political autonomy to accommodate their national identities in the new Constitution. Today, after thirty years of democratic and constitutional development, we can see that the possibilities offered by the Spanish Constitution to recognize and accommodate the multinational character of the Spanish state have been lost. This article examines causes of this failure to take advantage of the possibilities provided by the Spanish Constitution to provide for asymmetrical political autonomy for minority nationalities.
Idioma originalAnglès
Publicació especialitzadaConstitutional Forum
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de gen. 2008
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