1993 Democracy’s Appearances


A democracy must keep up appearances. From the rites of protocol to the details of its architecture, the ceremonies and venues of popular sovereignty have to convey the dignity of its representational nature. In Spain, however, both the functioning and the urban presence of state assemblies are prone to sloppiness. The legislators we elect at the polls on June 6 would do well to learn the importance of maintaining outward forms...[+]

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