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Decentralization in Spain


  • Luis Moreno


Since the transition to democracy in the late 1970s, Spain has undergone a process of deep decentralization and an incipient federalization. This article analyses the main features of such processes underlying the high level of home rule achieved by the 17 Comunidades Autonomas , when compared to other federal-like systems in the world. Accommodating Spain's secular diversity appears to be in line with the increasing role of meso life in the process of Europeanization.

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  • Luis Moreno, 2002. "Decentralization in Spain," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(4), pages 399-408.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:36:y:2002:i:4:p:399-408 DOI: 10.1080/00343400220131160

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    1. Cesena, Marc Guinjoa & Casarramona, Toni Rodon, 2011. "Beyond Identities: Support for Decentralisation Across Regions in Spain," MPRA Paper 30554, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. FRANCISCO MARCOS & Juan Santaló, 2010. "Measuring Regulatory Intensity by the Spanish Regions (1978-2009)," Working Papers Economia de8-132-i, Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment.
    3. Maria Balaguer-Coll & Diego Prior & Emili Tortosa-Ausina, 2010. "Decentralization and efficiency of local government," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 45(3), pages 571-601, December.
    4. Salmon, Keith, 2008. "New Directions in European Regional Policy and their Implications for Spain," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 12, pages 147-177.
    5. Ehtisham Ahmad & Giorgio Brosio & Vito Tanzi, 2008. "Local Service Provision in Selected OECD Countries; Do Decentralized Operations Work Better?," IMF Working Papers 08/67, International Monetary Fund.
    6. Piecuch, Jakub, 2006. "Regional Decentralization in Spain: a Way to Increase Dynamics of Economic Growth," MPRA Paper 72259, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2006.
    7. Elisenda Paluzie, 2010. "The Costs and Benefits of Staying Together: The Catalan Case in Spain," Chapters,in: The Political Economy of Inter-Regional Fiscal Flows, chapter 14 Edward Elgar Publishing.


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