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The Smooth Transition: Spain's 1978 Constitution and the Nationalities Question

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Nationalist movements have played a key role in Spain's democratic transition, contributing decisively to frame the Spanish state in its present shape. This article will focus on the role of Constitution-making in providing the legitimacy needed in democratic transitions affected by the rise of sharp ethno-national conflicts. Among the contributing factors to the Transition's success the following are stressed: the Monarchy as a cohesive unitary symbol; the neutralisation of the Army's influence in political life; and a pragmatic, civic, a-nationalist leadership in Madrid.

Document Type: Forum Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1460894022000026105

Publication date: November 1, 2002

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