Territorial Accommodation, Party Politics, and Statute Reform in Spain

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The term 'accommodation' refers to the capacity of states to contain conflict within the mechanisms and procedures embedded in existing institutional arrangements. During the first government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (2004-8), the Socialist government had to accommodate the Catalan proposal to reform the statute of autonomy and the controversial plan to turn the Basque Country into 'an associated free state' with Spain. Whereas the Basque initiative was rejected, the approval of the Catalan statute impelled several regions to apply for greater autonomy. Statute reform is a complex multilevel negotiation process characterised by intense party competition and heterogeneous policy results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-468
Number of pages16
JournalSouth european society and politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Decentralisation
  • Autonomous Communities
  • Nationalism
  • Basque Country
  • Catalonia


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