The Spanish Constitutional Court in its context

Since its creation in 1980 the Spanish Constitutional Court has satisfactorily played a major role in the Spanish institutional framework and in the political scenario, partly because of the extension of its powers and procedures. But in the last 15 years approximately the Court’s powers, and above all its political relevance and auctoritas, have diminished. The presentation will try to point out how and why – voluntarily or not – the Court has somehow taken a step backwards (except when dealing with the Catalan question, for the Court had to take the stage because it was openly used for political purposes). Apparently, or implicitly, it has embraced some kind of minimalism, as if it wanted to revive the bickelian passive virtues – virtues à la Spanish which are actually closer to defects.