Autonomy and Self-determination
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Autonomy and Self-determination

Between Legal Assertions and Utopian Aspirations

Edited by Peter Hilpold

Europe has reached a crisis point, with the call for self-determination and more autonomy stronger than it ever has been. In this book, renowned international lawyers give a detailed account of the present state of international law regarding self-determination and autonomy.
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Chapter 10: Autonomy and self-determination in Spain: a constitutional law perspective

Xabier Arzoz


The chapter analyses constitutional developments on the integration of the Basque Country and Catalonia into the Spanish polity. First, it reminds us of the failed attempts made in the last 15 years by those territories to obtain more autonomy. The main effect of the failure of their attempts is the recent self-determination process in Catalonia, whose main political and legal milestones are thoroughly commented on in the second part of the chapter. In brief, it tells a story of sub-constitutional experimentation with multinational accommodation and of constitutional conflict, which the central state has exclusively addressed with the help of the Constitutional Court.

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