Authors: Paloma Requejo-Rodriguez
Addresses: Department of Public Law, University of Oviedo, Campus de El Cristo s/n, 33006, Oviedo, Spain
Abstract: This paper analyses three aspects of the constitutional reform procedures provided for in Arts. 167 and 168 Spanish Constitution: ownership and exercise of the parliamentary initiative, single reading and urgent procedures and qualified majorities at the decision stage. If those want to be truly democratic, they should integrate the minorities in all their phases although not always with the same degree of intensity. Verified some deficiencies, this paper offers some proposals for change: conferring the initiative of reform to the same number of members of parliament that hold the legislative initiative, eliminating the special and summary procedures in this field and linking the qualified majorities to those reforms which affect the essential elements of the democratic principle. This being so, the way in which the constitutional reform is carried out will keep up with the importance of what is being reformed.
Keywords: Spanish Constitution; constitutional reform; democratic procedure; parliamentary minorities; parliamentary procedure; parliamentary deliberation; qualified majorities.
International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2021 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.33 - 48
Received: 29 Mar 2020
Accepted: 11 Apr 2020
Published online: 12 Mar 2021 *