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 special and, in lots of respects, their political structures nonetheless replicate distinct positive aspects. during this provocative textual content Wiard and Mott study the specific good points 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 examine Spanish and Portuguese sleek background, 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, nearby politics, and styles of public policy.

While changing into extra eu socially, culturally, and politically, those Iberian political structures convey additionally a few notable 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 obtainable and provocative analysis.

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