The Politics of Spain

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This landmark textbook, written by two leading experts in the field, examines the causes and conditions that explain modern Spain's political development. 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? A truly indispensable guide for all undergraduate students of Spanish politics, history, society, and culture.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Meticulously researched and cogently argued, this new study is essential reading for anyone interested in grasping the intricacies and dynamics of Spain’s contemporary political landscape.”
Chris Ealham, Social Sciences and Humanities, Saint Louis University, Madrid

“Two distinguished scholars, one American and one Spanish, known for their extensive and outstanding work on Spanish politics, have joined to produce an extremely readable, informed, up-to-date textbook on Spanish politics in theoretical and comparative perspective. A book not only for students of Spain, but of European and comparative politics.”
Juan J. Linz, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political and Social Science, Yale University

“An up-to-date and balanced analysis of some of the key issues which explain the recent evolution of politics in Spain following the country’s recovery of democracy and the integration into the European Union. After giving a historical and constitutional overview, Gunther and Montero focus on political parties, elections, public policies, as well as on this atypical multi-level system of governance that is the ‘Estado de las Autonomías.’ This book is certain to become a major academic reference work for any reader interested in the Spanish political system and its evolution.”
Ferran Requejo, Professor of Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521604000
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 1,319,131
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Gunther is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio State University.

José Ramón Montero is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid.

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Table of Contents

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1 The state and democracy in Spain: a historical overview

2 The constitutional framework

3 Multi-level governance: the Estado de las autonomias 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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