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Building the UK's New Supreme CourtNational and Comparative Perspectives$
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Andrew Le Sueur

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264629.001.0001

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Adjudicating in Divisions of Powers: the Experience of the Spanish Constitutional Court

Adjudicating in Divisions of Powers: the Experience of the Spanish Constitutional Court

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(p.145) 7 Adjudicating in Divisions of Powers: the Experience of the Spanish Constitutional Court
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Building the UK's New Supreme Court
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Ignacio Borrajo Iniesta

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264629.003.0007

This chapter shares some thoughts and experiences on devolution of powers or, as referred to in Spain, decentralization and political pluralism. It begins by examining the Spanish constitution and the manner in which the ‘state of autonomies’ has been created since 1979. Significant political and law-making powers have devolved in the 17 ‘autonomous communities’ (comunidades autónomas) that now exist in the whole of Spain. It then considers the role of the constitutional court (Tribunal constitucional) in adjudicating disputes over the division of powers between general institutions and the autonomous communities.

Keywords:   Spain, devolution, division of powers, decentralization, political pluralism, constitutional court, adjudication

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