The Forum of Federations and the Manuel GimÃ©nez Abad Foundation have released EspaÃ±a y modelos de federalism, a publication of proceedings from a conference on The Federalization of Spain: Deficits of Intergovernmental Co-operation, which took place in Zaragoza in March 2009.
Co-edited by the Forum’s director for Europe, Felix Knuepling, the Spanish-language book contains papers and case studies highlighting federal experiences in many countries; including Spain, Germany and Canada. Former Forum chairman Arnold Koller wrote the prologue for the publication, which was printed in November 2010.
Spain does not consider itself a federation as such, but it shares many features of federal states. But unlike some established federations, Spain lacks institutions and mechanisms for promoting cooperation between what is called its "autonomous communities,” which are the equivalent of states or provinces in federal countries.