Title: Regulatory powers on the 'physical' public space, in particular of the Spanish local authorities

Authors: Paloma Requejo Rodríguez

Addresses: Departamento de Derecho Público, University of Oviedo, Campus de El Cristo, Oviedo-33006, Spain

Abstract: Beyond the concept of public property designated for a public use or for the provision of a public service, public space is, above all, a place for exercising fundamental rights. The planning of that space, which is the territorial dimension of democracy, is a responsibility - within their respective competences - of the central government, the autonomous communities and also the municipalities through municipal bylaws that, even though they are not regulations pursuant to an act, are subject to the principle of legal reservation if they aim to ensure social coexistence, guaranteeing the possibility for all citizens to enjoy public space while they exercise their rights in a respectful way towards the rights of the others.

Keywords: public space; public domain; decentralised state; competences; fundamental rights; legal reservation; municipal bylaws; social coexistence; regulatory powers; regulation; Spain; local authorities; democracy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2016.079643

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2016 Vol.4 No.3, pp.240 - 255

Received: 19 May 2016
Accepted: 30 May 2016

Published online: 06 Oct 2016 *

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