Scotland and Catalonia: Two Historic Nations Challenge a Three Hundred Year-Old Status Quo

American International Journal of Social Science, Vol 3, No 4, pp 63 - 75, July 2014

13 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2014

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Enric R. Bartlett Castellá

ESADE Law School - Associate Professor of Public Law; Ramon Llull University

Date Written: July 8, 2014

Abstract

This paper addresses some questions that deserve comments given that they appear in the press on a daily basis. Why and how are Scotland and Catalonia demanding their own individual statehoods? What are the British and Spanish Governments’ responses to the demand for a referendum on independence? What is the role of the Constitutional framework in these answers? And that of political will? Are the unionist campaigns the best method of recruitment for pro-independence camps? Do the pro-independence projects paint a too rosy picture? What are the implications in international law, particularly referring to European Union membership?

Keywords: Catalonia Secession, Devolution, European Union membership, Independence, Right to decide, Scotland Secession, Separatism

JEL Classification: K33, Z10

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Enric R., Scotland and Catalonia: Two Historic Nations Challenge a Three Hundred Year-Old Status Quo (July 8, 2014). American International Journal of Social Science, Vol 3, No 4, pp 63 - 75, July 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2536995

Enric R. Bartlett (Contact Author)

ESADE Law School - Associate Professor of Public Law ( email )

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Barcelona, 08034
Spain

Ramon Llull University ( email )

Pedralbes 71
Barcelona, Barcelona 08035
Spain

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