By Howard J. Wiarda,Margaret MacLeish Mott
Spain and Portugal have lately followed European-style democratic and political platforms. but their trend of ancient improvement is exact and, in lots of respects, their political structures nonetheless mirror designated good points. during this provocative textual content Wiard and Mott learn the distinct beneficial properties of Spanish background: the Catholic culture, seven centuries of Moorish rule, the Christian Reconquest, and the exact nature of Spanish feudalism and nationalism. construction on those foundations, the authors research Spanish and Portuguese sleek heritage, the regimes of Franco and Salazar, and the new transitions to democracy. Successive chapters care for type constitution and curiosity teams, political events and elections, the constitution of the nation and state-society relatives, nearby politics, and styles of public policy.
While changing into extra ecu socially, culturally, and politically, those Iberian political platforms convey additionally a few outstanding continuities with the previous, 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 obtainable 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