Title: Democracy and legislative proceedings in Spain

Authors: Paloma Requejo Rodríguez

Addresses: University of Oviedo, Campus 'El Cristo', s/n 33006 Oviedo, Spain

Abstract: This paper reviews certain decisions adopted recently by the Spanish Constitutional Court (STC 136/2011, ATC 7/2012 and ATC 9/2012), which reveal a certain disregard for rule of law in legislative proceedings. This affects parliament's minorities insofar as it prevents or hinders their legislative participation and their access to the Constitutional Court, both key elements in any democratic state.

Keywords: constitutional amendment procedure; legislative proceedings; parliamentary minorities; constitutional studies; parliamentary legislation; Spain; democracy; Spanish Constitutional Court; legislative participation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2013.055626

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2013 Vol.1 No.2, pp.127 - 140

Received: 04 Oct 2012
Accepted: 04 Oct 2012

Published online: 01 Aug 2013 *

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