The smooth transition: Spain's 1978 constitution and the nationalities question

Conversi, Daniele (2002) The smooth transition: Spain's 1978 constitution and the nationalities question. National Identities, 4 (3). pp. 223-244. ISSN 1460-8944

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Abstract

Nationalist movements have played a key role in Spain's democratic transition, contributing decisively to frame the Spanish state in its present shape. This article will focus on the role of Constitution-making in providing the legitimacy needed in democratic transitions affected by the rise of sharp ethno-national conflicts. Among the contributing factors to the Transition's success the following are stressed: the Monarchy as a cohesive unitary symbol; the neutralisation of the Army's influence in political life; and a pragmatic, civic, a-nationalist leadership in Madrid

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Additional Information:Nationalist movements have played a key role in Spain's democratic transition, contributing decisively to frame the Spanish state in its present shape. This article will focus on the role of Constitution-making in providing the legitimacy needed in democratic transitions affected by the rise of sharp ethno-national conflicts. Among the contributing factors to the Transition's success the following are stressed: the Monarchy as a cohesive unitary symbol; the neutralisation of the Army's influence in political life; and a pragmatic, civic, a-nationalist leadership in Madrid
Keywords:Spanish politics, Nationalities, Nationalism
Subjects:L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L Social studies > L214 Nationalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:962
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:27 Sep 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:24

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