Intergovernmental Relations in the Spanish Federal System: In Search of a Model

  • César Colino


When taking stock of the Spanish version of federalism, the “Estado autonómico”, it seems of utmost importance to address not just the distribution of powers and resources or its diversity but also its complex machinery of government and its everyday workings, that is, its intergovernmental relations (hereafter IGR) and the way its strengths and weaknesses have been evolving and treated by both political science, public administration, and public law. The academic study of IGR may serve primarily to identify patterns of functioning and its evolution and thus to pinpoint possible problems and pathologies. Only then can institutional design solutions have a chance of success. This, in turn, can only be done by comparing the Spanish system with other similar ones, i.e., by understanding its historical evolution and workings in comparative perspective.


Central Government Autonomous Community Spanish Case Regional Statute Federal Country 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Políticas, Dpto. de Ciencia Politica y de la AdministraciónUNEDMadridSpain

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