Federalism in Plurinational Societies: Rethinking the Ties between Catalonia, Spain, and the European Union

  • Ferran Requejo


Is the federal state a good model to regulate democratic citizenship in plurinational societies (i.e., in political communities containing more than one group with a national identity)? I believe that the possible answers to this question are to be found somewhere between “no” and a hesitant or reluctant “maybe.”


Member State Basque Country Liberal Politics Autonomous Community Democratic Citizenship 
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