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Estudios constitucionales

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PORRAS RAMIREZ, José María. THE IMPOSSIBLE FEDERATION: THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL DESING IN THE CORTES OF CADIZ. Estudios constitucionales [online]. 2013, vol.11, n.1, pp.15-36. ISSN 0718-5200.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-52002013000100002.

The Constitution of Cadiz transformed the old Hispanic Monarchy into a Nation but it failed not been able to represent in proportion the several constituent parts of it. Therefore, the Constitution did not set up a frame of government in conformity with its vast territorial extension and people diversity. So, the Constitution was an agreement that did not evolve some of the principles previously declared. But the Constitution promoted the extent of a constitutional political culture in Spain and America, and the celebration of elections by the first time. As a result the idea of an active citizenship, compromised with the government of every political community, was expanded. And this idea was the starting point of the new constitutional states subsequently created in both continents.

Keywords : Hispanic Monarchy; America; Constitution; Nation; constitutional political culture; elections; active citizenship.

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