The Politics of Spain

The Politics of Spain

by Richard Gunther, Jose Ramon Montero, Jose R. Montero
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521604001

ISBN-13: 9780521604000

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Spain's evolution from authoritarian dictatorship to modern democracy was a remarkable achievement, and it created a model that has since been emulated by other countries undergoing similar transitions. Yet its success raised a question that perplexes experts to this day: how and why did a successful democracy emerge in the absence of any tradition of

Overview

Spain's evolution from authoritarian dictatorship to modern democracy was a remarkable achievement, and it created a model that has since been emulated by other countries undergoing similar transitions. Yet its success raised a question that perplexes experts to this day: how and why did a successful democracy emerge in the absence of any tradition of democratic stability? This landmark textbook examines the causes and conditions that explain modern Spain's political development, and analyzes the basic characteristics of Spanish democracy today – its core political institutions, its political parties and party systems (both regional and national), and patterns of electoral behaviour. Written by two leading experts in the field, this is a truly indispensable guide for all undergraduate students of Spanish politics, history, society, and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521604000
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Series:
Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. The state and democracy in Spain: a historical overview; 2. The constitutional framework; 3. Multi-level governance: the Estado de las autonomías and the European Union; 4. Parties and democratic stability; 5. Citizens and politics in Spain; 6. Public policies and decision-making processes.

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