The Inevitable Jurisprudential Construction of the Autonomous State

  • Francesc de Carreras Serra


This paper considers whether, in the construction of the Autonomous State, especially as regards distribution of competences, it was avoidable or unavoidable that the Constitutional Court (CC) had an essential role. Irrespective of any speculation concerning what might have occurred but did not, if we cast our thoughts back, we cannot deny the fact that the doctrine of the CC with regard to the Autonomous Communities has been decisive in structuring the territorial organisation of the state. The numerous studies concerning said jurisprudence confirm this observation. From our point of view, this situation was foreseeable if we go by the content of Title VIII of the Constitution. Although this is true and the CC has performed a more than commendable and widely acknowledged task, there is also general agreement that this is not the best way forward and there are other avenues that should be sought in order to reduce the influence of jurisprudence in questions of a political nature.


Basque Country Title VIII Autonomous Community Constitutional Court Constitutional Reform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de DerechoUniversidad Autónoma de BarcelonaBellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallés)Spain

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