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Democracy and Institutional Development
Spain in Comparative Theoretical Perspective
 
 
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14 Oct 2008
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Spain stands out as a success among countries that have transited from authoritarian rule since the mid-1970s. It has achieved democratic consolidation, institutional stability, economic growth, and international significance. Despite these successes, Spain is largely absent from cross-national studies of advanced democracies; nor has existing scholarship sufficiently analyzed post-transition Spain to determine what it can teach us about comparative politics. On the other hand, the macro successes of Spain's democracy present an overly simplified depiction and prevent a more nuanced characterization of the trade-offs, strengths, and weaknesses of Spanish democracy, which are equally important for comparative politics research.

This book partially fills these gaps by analyzing Spanish political parties and institutions in comparative theoretical perspective. Two primary themes unite the book and are addressed by the chapter authors: first, institutionalization and the distribution of institutionalization in the polity, and second, the relationship between institutional design and representation.


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Spain stands out as a success among countries that have transited from authoritarian rule since the mid-1970s. It has achieved democratic consolidation, institutional stability, economic growth, and international significance. Despite these successes, Spain is largely absent from cross-national studies of advanced democracies; nor has existing scholarship sufficiently analyzed post-transition Spain to determine what it can teach us about comparative politics. On the other hand, the macro successes of Spain's democracy present an overly simplified depiction and prevent a more nuanced characterization of the trade-offs, strengths, and weaknesses of Spanish democracy, which are equally important for comparative politics research.

This book partially fills these gaps by analyzing Spanish political parties and institutions in comparative theoretical perspective. Two primary themes unite the book and are addressed by the chapter authors: first, institutionalization and the distribution of institutionalization in the polity, and second, the relationship between institutional design and representation.


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'...a worthwhile and enjoyable read.' West European Politics


Contents

Introduction: The Institutionalization of Democracy in Spain; B.N.Field and K.Hamann
Party Development in Democratic Spain: Life-Cycle, Generation or Period Effect?; I.van Biezen
Interparty Politics in Spain: The Role of Informal Institutions; B.N Field
Speaking for Place or for Party? Territorial Representation and the Legislative Behavior of Deputies in the Spanish Congress; A.P Montero
The Power of Committees in the Spanish Congress of Deputies; L.M.Maurer
Regional Governments in Spain: Exploring Theories of Government Formation; K.Hamann and C.Mershon
Feminized Decentralization: Evaluating Women's Representation in Spain; C.D.Ortbals
The Institutionalization of Unions and Industrial Relations in Spain; K.Hamann
Institutions, European Integration, and the Policy Process in Contemporary Spain; R.S.Chari and P.M.Heywood
Conclusion: The Spanish Case and Comparative Lessons on Institutions, Representation and Democracy; B.N.Field and K.Hamann


Authors

BONNIE N. FIELD is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Bentley College, USA. Her research focuses on democratization, inter and intra-party politics, and political institutions, particularly in Spain and Latin America. Her publications include articles in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics and Democratization.

KERSTIN HAMANN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida, USA. Her publications focus on Spanish politics, comparative political economy (Western Europe), and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is co-editor of Assessment in Political Science (with Michelle Deardorff and John Ishiyama).