La reforma constitucional del Senado


  • Joaquín Varela Suanzes-Carpegna



The main aim of this paper is to examine the constitutional reform of the spanish Senado, which has been announced by Mr. Rodríguez Zapatero in april 2004. But firstly I will have a look at the comparative Constitutional history with the purpose to analyse how other nations, over all USAand Germany, have organised their Parliament. I will examine also the controversy «unicameralism versus bicameralism» in the spanish constitutional history, including during the two years between the «Ley para la Reforma Política»and the Constitution of 1978. Then I will described briefly the composition andfunctions of the present Senado and I will resume the debate on this Chamberduring the last quarter of century, with special mention to the General Comission of the «Comunidades Autónomas» experience. Last, but not least, I will propose some constitutional reforms to transform the Senado into a true «territorialrepresentative Chamber», as it is defined in the article 69, 1 of the spanishConstitution.


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Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, J. (2006). La reforma constitucional del Senado. Teoría Y Realidad Constitucional, (17), 143–168.