The Relationships between Regional and National Parliaments in Spain and Portugal
Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective
Estados Unidos da América
Several countries have experienced processes of decentralization, federalization, and devolution in the last four decades. The regional (sub-national) political arenas gained political competences and jurisdiction over a large number of relevant fields, broadly influencing citizens’ everyday life. With those processes, the newly created or transformed regional arenas – and their institutions and elites – became particularly important political entities, interacting with the national statewide ones, and influencing and shaping them in many ways. This is why the study of sub-state or regional arenas and their institutions matters, as well as that of their linkages, cooperation, and coordination relationships with national-wide ones. This chapter analyses how national and regional parliaments interact in Spain and Portugal.