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Reforming the Spanish ‘State of Autonomies’: Coalitional Politics and the Multi-level Dynamics of Institutional Change
PSA Territorial Conferece. Edinburgh 2008 (2008)
  • andreu orte, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Alex Wilson
Abstract

In this Paper we explore the complex relationship between processes of institutional change

and the competitive dynamics of regional politics in Spain. The reforms considered here are

comprehensive revisions to several Statutes of Autonomy (2003-2007), which outline the

policy functions and financial resources of Spanish regions, as well as define their

relationship to the central State. They must initially be approved by the respective regional

parliament, usually with a qualified majority (2/3, 3/5) but sometimes with an absolute

majority. They must then be ratified by both chambers of the national parliament, with a

simple majority. This inevitably makes Statute reform a complex and multi-level process of

political negotiation, which provides a unique opportunity to explore the ‘regionalisation’ of

politics in democratic Spain. Our paper highlights the core dynamics of regional party

competition, the multi-level patterns of coalition formation, and the mechanisms for intraparty

consensus, as critical variables that will affect processes of institutional change.

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Publication Date
Winter January 10, 2008
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Citation Information
andreu orte and Alex Wilson. "Reforming the Spanish ‘State of Autonomies’: Coalitional Politics and the Multi-level Dynamics of Institutional Change" PSA Territorial Conferece. Edinburgh 2008 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andreuorte/2/