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Empire-, State- and Nation-Builing and Deconstructing in Spain
Multinational State-Building. Considerin and Continuing the Work of Juan Linz (2007)
  • Josep M. Colomer
Abstract
Spain is probably the clearest case of failure in the attempt to build a large nation-state in Europe.  Against old expectations, the relatively recent establishment of democracy in Spain has not helped to build a large nation-state.  Rather, it has favored the integration of Spain into the European democratic empire along with the development of small, increasingly self-governing nations.  The so-called Spanish 'state of autonomies' is not an equilibrium, in the sense of a stable institutional solution for the relations between different territorial communities, but a frame for competition among territories and for the development of increasing demands for self-government.  Homogenization of language and culture in Spain has decreased during the last decades.  The Spanish state will not, thus, be what it could have been, a uniform nation-state under the Westphalian and French models.  It actually tends to move increasingly away from that model.  In the 21st century, building a Spanish nation-state, in the sense of a political organization based on effective sovereignty, power monopoly and the homogenization of the population, is an unviable endeavor.  
Publication Date
July, 2007
Editor
Mohammad-Said Darviche and William Genieys
Publisher
French Association of Political Science
Citation Information
Josep M. Colomer. "Empire-, State- and Nation-Builing and Deconstructing in Spain" MontpellierMultinational State-Building. Considerin and Continuing the Work of Juan Linz (2007) p. 43 - 60
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/josep_colomer/21/