Central Government: Monarchy, Core Executive and Parliament

  • Paul Heywood
Part of the Comparative Government and Politics book series (CGP)


Spain is a parliamentary monarchy. Such a straightforward designation obscures the fact that, through a combination of constitutional design and political practice, neither parliament nor the monarchy wield effective power in Spain’s democracy. The role of the monarchy was always meant to be mainly symbolic; in the case of parliament, however, its increasingly symbolic role was an unintended result of the core executive’s particular structure.


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© Paul Heywood 1995

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