Democracy In Modern Spain

Democracy In Modern Spain

by Richard Gunther, Jose Montero, Joan Botella
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300177003

ISBN-13: 9780300177008

Pub. Date: 03/31/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book, written by three of the world's leading experts on Spanish politics, is the first comprehensive study of the origins and basic character of Spain's democratic political system. It analyzes the regime's core political institutions, its political parties and party systems, patterns of electoral behavior, the evolution of Spain's political culture, and the…  See more details below

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This book, written by three of the world's leading experts on Spanish politics, is the first comprehensive study of the origins and basic character of Spain's democratic political system. It analyzes the regime's core political institutions, its political parties and party systems, patterns of electoral behavior, the evolution of Spain's political culture, and the impact of these social and institutional changes on public policy processes and outputs.

The authors survey those aspects of Spanish society and politics that had contributed to the country's inability to sustain a stable and democratic regime prior to the 1970s. They argue that the successful transition to and consolidation of democracy was made possible by socioeconomic modernization, cultural change, and by decisions made by political elites in the establishment of core democratic institutions and the conduct of electoral competition. This book is based on over 500 hours of interviews with Spanish political elites, extensive analyses of survey data, and other original research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300177008
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2011
Pages:
494
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Spanish exceptionalism : the absence of a tradition of democratic stability21
3Institutional crystallization and democractic consolidation79
4A new political culture131
5Elections and parties : the stabilization of electoral behavior198
6The many Spains : from authoritarian centralism to the Estado de las Autonomias280
7Public policy and decision making : from dictatorship to democracy335

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