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Contemporary Spanish politics

Author: Magone, José M. Publisher: Routledge 2009.Edition: 2nd ed.Language: EnglishDescription: 490 p. : Graphs/Ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780415421898Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index


Contemporary Spanish Politics Contents List of tables List of figures Preface to the first edition Preface to the second edition Abbreviations 1 The transformation of Spanish politics: a review of the historical legacy The rise and decline of the Spanish empire: the politics of the ancien regime (1492-1814) 1 The discontinuous road to democracy: from constitutional monarchy to the Spanish Civil War (1814-1939) 3 From authoritarianism to restoration of democracy 12 Alternation in power: the rise of the People's Party after 1996 21 The 2004 elections and the emergence of the Socialist government under José Luis Zapatero 25 Conclusions 31 2 The main features of contemporary political culture Social change and moderation of Spanish politics 33 Satisfaction with national democracy and institutional disaffection 40 The Secularisation of society: the consolidation of the non-denominational state 46 Multiple identities: local, regional and national 50 Decline of institutionalised mobilisation and the rise of cognitive sporadic mobilisation 58 Challenge to Spanish society and political culture: the growing importance of immigration 71 Conclusions 80 33 xii xiv xx xxii xxiv 1 3 The core Spanish institutions The Spanish constitution at thirty: a successful framework for politics 82 The monarchy as the main pillar of Spanish democracy 90 The presidentialisation of the government 93 Executive­legislative relations: an asymmetrical partnership 105 Governmental longevity and political corruption: from socialist patrimonialism to Aznarism 115 The postponed reforms of the judiciary 121 Accountability and openness: the controlling institutions 125 Public administration: democratisation and decentralisation 127 Conclusions 131 4 Political parties and elections The rules of the game: the centrality of governmentability and stability 133 The political parties in Spain 141 The transformation of the party system 174 Multi-level electoral arenas 175 The legislature elections: the growing concentration of the vote 176 The 9 March 2008 general elections 184 Local elections and autonomous community elections: second-order elections 187 The European Parliament elections: third-order elections? 190 Conclusions: the moderation and Americanisation of Spanish politics 193 5 The dynamics of regional politics The process of regionalisation since 1978 194 Regional governments 218 The regional party systems 225 Political developments in Catalonia: from Jordi Pujol to the tripartite governments of Pascual Maragall and José Motilla 228 Moderation vs radicalism in the Basque Country: the continuing threat of Basque terrorism 245 82 133 194 Emerging nationalism in Galicia: from the dominance of PP to the Socialist-BNG coalition government 254 The dominance of the socialist party in Andalusia: the problem of underdevelopment 257 Conclusions: the future of regionalism 259 6 Media and politics The transformation of the media landscape in Spain 260 The printed press: shaping politics and civil society 263 The broadcasting sector: from monopoly to pluralism 268 The importance of regional broadcasting 272 The growing importance of the Internet 273 The political economy of the multimedia landscape in Spain 276 Conclusions: the marketisation of the media landscape 279 7 Interest groups and civil society The growing importance of interest groups in Spain 280 Business organisations: the quest for unification 281 Trade union confederations: problems of unionisation 282 The farmers' organisations 286 The institutions and practice of interest intermediation 288 The Catholic Church: adjusting to the aconfessional state 290 Nongovernmental organisations: the emergence of the third sector 295 New issues in Spanish society and social movements 297 National interest group representation in the European Union 299 Conclusions: the accommodation of diversity in Spain 300 8 A semi-peripheral economy in the European Union The development of the Spanish economy 302 From Francoism to the Maastricht treaty 302 Economic and monetary union: macroeconomic policy and growth and stability pacts 305 The centrality of labour market policy and the social partners 313 The Challenges for the Spanish economy 322 260 280 302 Conclusions: the continuing problems of a semi peripheral economy 331 9 The policy-making process: the impact of the European Union Policy style and European integration 332 The Spanish contribution to European integration since the early 1990s 334 National coordination of European public policy in a multi-level governance system: the growing importance of the autonomous communities 339 The structural funds and Spanish public policy 346 Reform of the agricultural and fisheries sector 355 Common fisheries policy (CFP) and Spain 360 Welfare state policies: education, health and social policy 367 The European Union and environmental policy 379 Conclusions 384 10 Spanish foreign and defence policy within the European Union The imperative of the European Union for Spanish foreign policy 385 Spanish involvement and withdrawal from the Iraq War (2003-2004): torn between Atlanticist and Europeanist loyalties 388 Spanish foreign policy: a tale of two worlds? 392 The reform of the Spanish foreign service 394 The Spanish presidencies of the European Union in 1989, 1995 and 2002 398 The priority areas of Spanish foreign policy 403 The Spanish armed forces and the contribution of Spain to peacekeeping forces 416 11 September 2001, the Madrid bombings of 11 March 2004 and the fight against international Islamic terrorism: the Spanish contribution 420 Conclusions: a nation with international ambitions 429 332 385 11 The quality of democracy in Spain: some concluding remarks Biographical notes Notes References Index 430 438 441 444 479

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