11 Evolution and Gestalt of the Spanish State
Eduardo García de Enterría, Ignacio Borrajo Iniesta
Edited By: Sabino Cassese, Armin von Bogdandy, Peter Huber
This chapter looks at Spanish administrative law and its history and characteristics. Spain's administrative law was created in a context of political chaos and economic hardship. These elements were a constant in the history of the country for most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The chapter looks further back, however, by looking at the genesis of the Spanish political system from the fifteenth century until the liberal revolution of the nineteenth century. In particular, the vagaries of the nineteenth century and the inability to cope with the demands of the twentieth century explain certain defining features of Spanish administrative law.