This book provides a critical introduction to the principles and institutions that make up the Spanish Constitution, which was enacted in 1978. It first explains the process of transition from Francisco Franco's dictatorship to democracy, in order to understand the historical circumstances under which the Constitution was framed. After offering a theory to justify the authority of the Constitution over ordinary laws, the book proceeds to explain the basic principles of the Spanish political regime, as well as the structure of its complex legal system. Later chapters focus on various institutions, such as the Crown, the Parliament, and the Government. A specific chapter is devoted to the territorial distribution of power between the state, the regions, and local government. The final two chapters deal with the constitutional role of courts and the protection of fundamental rights. By way of conclusion, the book includes some reflections on the challenges that lie ahead and the constitutional reforms that may need to be considered in the future. (Series: Constitutional Systems of the World)
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Victor Ferreres Comella is Professor of Constitutional Law at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
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