1st Edition

The Rise of Catalan Independence Spain’s Territorial Crisis

By Andrew Dowling Copyright 2018
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    As recently as the mid-2000s, Catalonia was described and analysed by scholars as exhibiting a non-secessionist nationalism and was seen within Europe and beyond as a role model for successful devolution which had much to teach other parts of the world. The Spanish state seemed to be on a journey towards an authentic federal order and was generally admired. However, the new century has been marked by an ever-growing independence movement, with 47.8 per cent of Catalonia voting in favour of independence in September 2015. Pro-independence mobilization has produced a rupture in political relations with the rest of Spain leading to a sovereignty struggle with Madrid.

    This book explores how an accumulation of long-, medium- and short-term factors have produced the current situation and why the Spanish territorial model has been unable or possibly, unwilling, to respond. The Catalan question is not purely a Spanish problem: it has direct implications for the traditional nation-state model, in Europe and beyond.


    Chapter 1: History and context

    Chapter 2: Culture, language and identity

    Chapter 3: The crisis of Catalanism

    Chapter 4: Constructing a movement for independence

    Chapter 5: Catalonia, north of the south, south of the north: The economic crisis and its consequences



    Andrew Dowling is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Cardiff University. He has previously written Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War: Reconstructing the Nation (2012), which was published in Catalan as La Reconstrucció Nacional de Catalunya, 1939-2012 (2013).

    "....this study is rich in its coverage of the different aspects of the turn to independence, and most definitely a useful supplement to other studies from different academic disciplines."

    Kathryn Crameri, International Journal of Iberian Studies