By Howard J. Wiarda,Margaret MacLeish Mott
Spain and Portugal have lately followed European-style democratic and political structures. but their development of old improvement is exact and, in lots of respects, their political platforms nonetheless mirror distinct gains. during this provocative textual content Wiard and Mott learn the certain positive aspects of Spanish heritage: the Catholic culture, seven centuries of Moorish rule, the Christian Reconquest, and the distinctive nature of Spanish feudalism and nationalism. development on those foundations, the authors study Spanish and Portuguese smooth heritage, the regimes of Franco and Salazar, and the new 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 members, local politics, and styles of public policy.
While turning into extra ecu socially, culturally, and politically, those Iberian political structures exhibit additionally a few striking 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 reviews, and transitions to democracy will locate this an available and provocative analysis.
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Catholic Roots and Democratic Flowers: Political Systems in Spain and Portugal by Howard J. Wiarda,Margaret MacLeish Mott