Imperfect federalism and the struggle for independence in Scotland and Catalonia

Szabó Barnabás: Imperfect federalism and the struggle for independence in Scotland and Catalonia. In: Jog határok nélkül, (8). pp. 353-364. (2018)

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In this paper, I consider the federal experiences of the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Spain. I argue that the constitutional design of these states, federal only in functional terms and not from a constitutional-legal aspect, potentially accounts for the permanent dissatisfaction of stateless nations, specifically Scotland and Catalonia, with their position inside the British and Spanish constitutional structures, which contributes to the strengthening and the recurrence of the struggle for independent statehood in these territories. While a proper federal redesigning of the UK’s and Spain’s constitution could be a tool to curb the incentives for secession in Scotland and Catalonia, the political factors and the credibility of the federal option necessary for such a reshaping of the constitutional environment are missing. This is also true if independentism in these territories is approached as a question of primarily economic nature. However, the current constitutional designs based on devolution and autonomous governance have not necessarily reached their final limits, even though there are certain differences to observe in this respect between the Scottish and the Catalan scenarios.

Item Type: Book Section
Journal or Publication Title: Jog határok nélkül
Date: 2018
Volume: 8
ISSN: 2063-3807
ISBN: 978-963-306-640-9
Page Range: pp. 353-364
Series Name: Szegedi Jogász Doktorandusz Konferenciák
Language: English
Place of Publication: Szeged
Event Title: Jog határok nélkül (2017) (Szeged)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Katalónia története, Skócia története, Alkotmány
Additional Information: Bibliogr. a lábjegyzetekben ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 05. Social sciences
05. Social sciences > 05.05. Law
06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology
Date Deposited: 2022. Mar. 26. 08:19
Last Modified: 2022. Mar. 31. 09:11

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