Spanish Politics: Democracy After Dictatorship

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Polity, Jul 8, 2008 - History - 192 pages
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Since the demise of the Franco dictatorship in 1977 Spain hasemerged as one of the worlds most successful new democracies. Butwhat accounts for the remarkable process of democratization inSpain, a country infamous for its long history of civil wars,military coups and ethnic conflicts?

In this book, Omar Encarnación shows how a post-transitionsettlement, anchored on inter-party consensus and collaboration,made possible Spain's smooth transition from authoritarian todemocratic rule, a string of stable governments from the Center,Left and Right, a modern and competitive economy, and a newnational multi-cultural identity.

Each chapter in the book is devoted to a different aspect of thepost-transition settlement, from its origins in the politicaltraumas of Spanish history, to its implications for the evolutionof the party system, the state, civil society and the economy, andfinally, the consequences of its deterioration under the socialistadministration of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

Controversial policies such as same-sex marriages, negotiationswith the Basque terrorist organization ETA, expanded powers toregional governments, and accountability for human rights abusescommitted during the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime,explain the widespread claim that Zapatero has shattered thepolitical status quo of the post-Franco era.

This book will be essential reading for students and scholars ofcontemporary Spanish politics and comparative democratization.

 

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Contents

A POSTTRANSITION SETTLEMENT
1
POLITICS AND THE LESSONS OF HISTORY
12
THE PRIMACY OF DEMOCRATIC CRAFTING
31
FROM CONTENTION TO MODERATION PARTY POLITICS
50
THE DARK SIDE OF SUCCESS? A CIVIL SOCIETY DEFICIT
69
A NATION OF NATIONS DECENTRALIZING THE STATE
91
GROWING PAINS MODERNIZING THE ECONOMY
111
AWAKENED GHOSTS MEMORY AND POLITICS
131
ZAPATEROS SPAIN A SECOND TRANSITION
150
NOTES
165
REFERENCES
174
INDEX
185
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Omar Encarnacion is Associate Professor of Political Studies and Director of the Political Studies program at Bard College.

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