Spain: Case for Discretionary Decentralization

By Margaret Gonzalez-Perez.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study examines the debate over the distribution of power between the central and regional governments in Spain. Many scholars have suggested that Spain has been developing a federal system since the inception of the democratic post-Franco regime in 1978; however, analysis of the constitutional separation of powers, legislative strucutre, and regional political and economic variation indicate that Spain is actually undergoing a process of discretionary decentralization rather than a federalization.

Keywords: Spain, Federalism, Decentralization, Constitution, Regional

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.187-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 558.122KB).

Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez

Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana, USA

Margaret Gonzalez-Perez is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University. She is the author of Literature of Protest: the Franco Years (1998) and several articles on Spanish and regional politics. Her most recent publication is, Guerrilleras in Latin America, published in the Journal of Peach Research (May 2006) and her chapter, From Freedom Birds to Water Buffaloes: Women Terrorists in Asia is forthcoming in a book by editor, Cindy Ness, in fall 2007. Dr. Gonzalez-Perez' research interests include ethnic conflict and regionalism. She is currently working on a book addressing women's roles in terrorism.

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