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Autonomy Experiences in Europe — A Comparative Approach: Portugal, Spain and Italy

  • Fernando Domínguez García
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Europe is a continent that is rich in cultures, peoples and traditions. The political organisation on the old continent has been changing in recent centuries due to many different historical changes. The idea of “state” has its origin in the old continent, especially due to the contribution of Italian Niccolò Machiavelli to explain the emergence of independent political units after the dismembering of the feudal system. While the states that arose were unitary and centralised at first, since the idea of independent political unity derived from the domain of the king in the modern or absolutist era over the subjects of a specific territory, the states later adopted different forms of territorial organisation. In order to resolve the most relevant and daily problems of the citizens of the European states, a multiplicity of territorial entities have been created, following the principal of decentralisation. On the other hand, other states have been founded after the union of different entities, but without creating a unitary state or, in other words, keeping a certain constitutional position for the previous structures.

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Federal State Italian Region Autonomous Community Legislative Power Constitutional Reform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Domínguez García
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  1. 1.Departament de Ciència Política i Dret PúblicUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)Spain

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