LOCATIONCellar
Call No. Sp 910 F414 2013
Author Ferreres Comella, Víctor, author.
Title Constitution of Spain : a contextual analysis / by Victor Ferreres Comella.
Location Volume/Copy Barcode Status
 Cellar  Sp 910 F414 2013    35005013768555  DUE 12-22-14
 Table of Casesix
 Table of Legislationxiii
 International Treaties and Conventionsxxiv
1.The Framing of the Spanish Constitution1
 Introduction1
 A Tragic Precedent: The Second Republic (1931-36)3
 A Long Dictatorship5
 A Negotiated Transition to Democracy8
 The Constitutional Spirit: The Politics of Consenso12
 The Constitution as the Embodiment of Shared Values16
 The Constitution as the Product of a Bargaining Process18
 Conclusion23
2.An Overview of the Spanish Constitutional System: Basic Principles25
 Spain as a `Social and Democratic State Under the Rule of Law'26
 A Parliamentary Monarchy with Limited Mechanisms of Direct Democracy34
 The Constitutional Relevance of Political Parties40
 Quasi-Federalism: The Estado de las Autonomias47
 Conclusion48
3.The Constitution and the Legal System51
 The Nature of the Constitution as a Legal Norm51
 The Constitution and Time: Constitutional Amendments55
 The Constitution and Space: International and Supranational Sources of Law62
 Conclusion69
4.The Crown71
 The Legitimacy of the Monarchy72
 The King's Symbolic Function75
 The Countersignature Requirement76
 The Role of the King in Selecting the Government78
 The King's Authority to Sanction the Laws80
 The King's Political Neutrality82
 The King's Immunity83
 Regency, Guardianship, Marriage and Succession85
 Conclusion88
5.Parliament91
 Introduction91
 The Electoral System92
 The Status of Members of Parliament97
 Parliament's Regulatory Autonomy: The Role of By-laws or Standing Orders104
 Parliament's Internal Organization105
 Parliament's Role in Selecting and Checking the Government107
 Parliament as a Legislative Body113
 The Future of the Senate122
 Conclusion124
6.The Government and Public Administration127
 The Government128
 The Public Administration144
 Controlling the Government and the Administration148
 Conclusion158
7.Regional Decentralization: The Estado de las Autonomias161
 The Birth of the Estado de las Autonomias (State of Autonomies)162
 General Principles of the Estado de las Autonomias: Unity, Autonomy, Solidarity, Equality166
 The Constitutional Role of Statutes of Autonomy169
 The Distribution of Powers between the State and the Autonomous Communities172
 Cooperation and Conflicts between the State and the Regions175
 The Financial System of the Regional Governments177
 The Political System of the Autonomous Communities179
 The Relationships between State Law and Regional Law181
 The Debate about Asymmetry185
 The Secessionist Challenge190
 Local Government192
 Conclusion197
8.The Constitutional Role of Courts201
 Jurisdictional Exclusivity and Unity203
 Impartiality, Independence, Legality and Responsibility205
 The Democratic Legitimacy of Judicial Decisions209
 The Government of Judges210
 Prosecutors and the Jury213
 Why a Constitutional Court?215
 Composition217
 Jurisdiction of the Court219
 The Court's Performance: Tensions with the Political Branches and the Ordinary Judiciary227
 Conclusion232
9.Fundamental Rights235
 The Structure of the Bill of Rights235
 Legal Mechanisms for Protecting Rights241
 Restriction and Suspension of Fundamental Rights245
 Who is Entitled to Fundamental Rights?251
 Are Private Individuals Bound by Fundamental Rights?255
 Fundamental Rights in an Activist State257
 Conclusion258
 Index261
Published Oxford : Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2013.
Description xxiii, 281 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Constitutional systems of the world
Constitutional systems of the world.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The framing of the Spanish constitution -- An overview of the Spanish constitutional system : basic principles -- The constitution and the legal system -- The Crown -- Parliament -- The government and public administration -- Regional decentralization : the Estado de la Autonomías -- The constitutional role of courts -- Fundamental rights.
Subject Spain. Constitución (1978)
Constitutional law -- Spain.
Constitutional history -- Spain.
Spain -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9781849460163 (pbk.)
1849460167 (pbk.)
OCLC No. or Control No. 825559747