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The Politics of Spain

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521604000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/22/2009
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 1,033,085
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of figures vi

List of maps vii

List of tables viii

Acknowledgments x

Abbreviations xii

1 The state and democracy in Spain: a historical overview 1

2 The constitutional framework 43

3 Multi-level governance: the Estado de las autonomias and the European Union 71

4 Parties and democratic stability 97

5 Citizens and politics in Spain 163

6 Public policies and decision-making processes 206

Glossary of key terms 248

Index 254

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