This article examines the role of Convergència i Unió and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya in putting the issue of Catalonia's constitutional relationship with the rest of Spain at the top of the Catalan and Spanish political agenda. It focuses on the strategic behaviour of these two parties in pursuit of their territorial goals since 1978, and identifies the complex dynamics that led both parties to converge around a shared commitment to Catalan sovereignty. It is argued that the extent to which past strategic decisions have strengthened or weakened nationalist parties' credibility on their core business of territorial empowerment has a significant impact on the options currently available to them as they seek a satisfactory answer to the Catalan question.
|Title of host publication
|Contesting Spain: The Dynamics of Nationalist Movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country
|Richard Gillespie, Caroline Gray
|Taylor & Francis
|Published - 16 Jul 2015
|Europa Country Perspectives