A review of the Catalonia secession crisis in Spain

Jul. 21,2020
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This paper aims to provide an analysis of the institutional context (including the arrangements in norms and the reality in practice) where the latest Catalan secession movement in Spain is embedded. Entrusted with the historical task of democratization in Spain, the Spanish Constitution of 1978 provides a fundamental institutional framework that brings up the tensions in the vertical distribution of the state power between the State and the autonomous communities. Thus, it has further resulted in the competition in expanding autonomous power between the State and the autonomous communities and among different autonomous communities. In addition, the asymmetric financial arrangements have raised Catalan dissatisfaction with the State government. Against the background of the European debt crisis, the constitutionalization of the EU budgetary policy led to institutional centralization of the financial system in Spain as a whole, which further squeezed the autonomous financial scope of Catalonia. Besides, the Spanish Constitutional Court has displayed ineffective judicial control on the expanding regional secessionism through its decisions, leaving room for criticizing the Court’s strategies on the cases concerning Catalonia secession.

Corresponding Author: ZHAI Han
CNKI Press Officer: LI Jingjing YANG Na
Email: ljj6806@cnki.net yn6791@cnki.net

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