Vol no: 16
The regional question plays an important role in Spain’s political life. The Spanish experience with regional autonomy over the past 30-35 years has had a major impact on attitudes toward regionalisms in many European countries. During this period, the experience was evaluated positively. Recently, however, doubts have been raised about the impact of regional autonomies on the functioning of the economy and on state unity. The article consists of two main parts – a historical outline and an overview of selected regionalisms and regions. The first part discusses the historical factors in the formation of regionalisms in Spain.