By Howard J. Wiarda
Spain and Portugal have lately followed European-style democratic and political structures. but their development of ancient improvement is particular and, in lots of respects, their political platforms nonetheless replicate detailed gains. during this provocative textual content Wiard and Mott study the targeted positive factors of Spanish heritage: the Catholic culture, seven centuries of Moorish rule, the Christian Reconquest, and the certain nature of Spanish feudalism and nationalism. construction on those foundations, the authors learn Spanish and Portuguese smooth historical past, the regimes of Franco and Salazar, and the hot transitions to democracy. Successive chapters care for category constitution and curiosity teams, political events and elections, the constitution of the kingdom and state-society family, local politics, and styles of public policy.
While turning into extra eu socially, culturally, and politically, those Iberian political structures convey additionally a few awesome continuities with the earlier, together with notions of natural democracy, neocorporatism, and tensions among regionalism and centralism, democracy and authoritarianism, and religiousity and secularism. scholars and students concerned with eu politics, comparative politics, Iberian stories, and transitions to democracy will locate this an obtainable and provocative analysis.
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