DPI Briefing Note: Catalonia – from 2012 to 2016

The case of Spain and Catalonia demonstrates the challenges and complex questions presented by decentralisation processes, which can be an important means by which to enhance democracy and to protect and promote the diverse cultural, economic and geographical rights and interests of different groups within a State. This paper outlines the current context in Catalonia from this perspective, observing the period from 2012-2016.