La nación en España: Un instrumento de medida cualitativo para una cuestión compleja

Translated title of the contribution: The Nation in Spain: An Instrument for Qualitative Inquiry into a Complex Question

Carsten Humlebæk, Antonia María Ruiz Jiménez

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This paper is an innovative study about the territorial organisation of the Spanish State (TOSS) and how it is anchored and fits within definitions of nationhood. This is a technical contribution in the form of a codification protocol designed to measure changes in preferences regarding the TOSS and feelings of belonging to Spain and a given region in political discourse. Both social phenomena have experienced major changes in recent years; but in order to understand how these changes have occurred and how they have been legitimised by political elites, an instrument is needed to measure these changes systematically over time. A methodological framework is presented here that has been applied to a comparative study of five different Statutes of Autonomy and the reforms that they have undergone, together with a preliminary overview of the results produced by the protocol.
Translated title of the contributionThe Nation in Spain: An Instrument for Qualitative Inquiry into a Complex Question
Original languageSpanish
JournalRevista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas
Issue number161
Pages (from-to)141-156
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Autonomous Region of Valencia
  • Parliamentary Debates
  • The State of the Autonomous Regions
  • Territorial Organisation of the State
  • Reform of the Statutes of Autonomy

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