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date: 04 April 2020

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This chapter explains the functions and working of Spain’s parliament, las Cortes Generales. More specifically, it first analyses parliament’s place within the constitutional system, and representation related to political parties, women and other minority groups, and citizen trust. It then outlines parliament’s internal organization, including asymmetric bicameralism, parliamentary party groups, and committees. Finally, it discusses the characteristics of law-making, and executive–legislative relations in this parliamentary regime, before briefly concluding. While parliamentary institutions in Spain have changed little since redemocratization, throughout, the chapter highlights the (potential) transformations of legislative politics as a result of changes in the parliamentary party system.

Keywords: parliamentary regime, political representation, legislative politics, law-making, executive–legislative relations

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