Democratic Spain: Reshaping External Relations in a Changing World

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Richard Gillespie, Fernando Rodrigo, Jonathan Story
Routledge, 1995 - Political Science - 227 pages
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Since the death of General Franco in 1975, Spain has emerged from relative isolation to play an active role in international affairs. Membership of the European Union and Nato have been keys to Spain's new prominence, although the country has also tried to build on its traditional "special relationships" with Latin America and the Arab world. This is the first thorough study of democratic Spain's re-emergence on the international scene.
By focusing on the relationship between external relations and domestic policy the book makes an important contribution to the literature on democratisation, as well as showing how Spanish foreign policy evolved between the mid-1970s and mid-1990s.
While the book focuses on democratic Spain, its revisionist view of democratic transitions is of more general relevance. Democratization is seen as an integral process involving related, though not simultaneous changes in domestic policy and external relations. Only with the transformation of her external relations did Spain's new democracy finally become consolidated.
This book will be required reading for students of Spanish politics and will also be useful to those interested in the process of democratization.

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Jonathan Story, Professor of International Political Economy at INSEAD, in France, deals with comparative business systems, in a global context. As the Shell Fellow in Economic Transformation, he specializes in global transformation. His major areas of expertise are globalization, comparative business systems, European integration and economic transformation around the world.

Professor Story has worked with numerous international companies, such as Eastman Kodak, La Veuve Clicquot, Dresdner Bank, IBM, Honeywell Bull, Alcatel, Digital, Novo Nordisk, Ericsson and ABB. He is the author of many books, chapters in books and articles, and is a regular contributor to newspapers, such as The Wall Street Journal, The Times and Le Monde.

His book: The Frontiers of Fortune: predicting Capital prospects and casualties in the Markets of the Future (Financial Times Prentice Hall, 1999) is aimed at helping business people to think about and act effectively in the world political economy.

Jonathan Story received an M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, an M.A. and a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies). Professor Story worked as a journalist in Brussels, and then for the EU Commission office in Washington, for three years. Most of his career has been with the INSEAD business school, 1974-present.

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