This fully revised and updated third edition reflects the considerable changes in Spain over the last decade as the country celebrates 40 years of its constitution. The author gives fresh insight into the formal and informal workings of this dynamic southern European democracy. Thoroughly examining Spain's historical background, political culture, core political institutions and foreign policy-making, each chapter provides a research-based overview of the studied topic which can then be used as the basis for further research by students.
Key themes of the book include:
A thorough overview of contemporary Spanish politics, especially the governments of Zapatero and Rajoy;
Spain's political culture and institutional framework;
The Spanish economy, and the consequences of the economic and sovereign debt crisis;
Foreign policy-making; the reaction to the global anti-terrorist coalition and the Madrid bombings;
Policy-making process and the system of interest intermediation;
Party system and electoral process;
The dynamics of regional/territorial politics and the Basque, Catalan and Galician nationalisms, particularly the quest for Catalan independence;
External relations with the European Union, the Mediterranean and Latin America;
Richly illustrated with maps and presenting large amounts of statistical and quantitative data, this book is an indispensable source of information for students, academics and the wider public interested in Spanish politics.
Jose M. Magone is Professor in Regional and Global Governance at the Berlin School of Economics, Germany. Among his publications are Politics of Southern Europe (2003), The Developing Place of Portugal in the European Union (2004), The New World Architecture (2006), Contemporary European Politics (2010), The Politics of Contemporary Portugal (2014) and The Statecraft of Consensus Democracies (2017). He edited The Routledge Handbook of European Politics (2015) and co-edited Core-Periphery Relations in the European Union (2016).
1. The transformation of Spanish politics: a review of the historical legacy 2. The main features of contemporary political culture 3. The core Spanish institutions 4. Political parties and elections 5. The dynamics of regional politics 6. Interest groups and civil society 7. A semi-peripheral economy in the European Union 8. The policy-making process: the impact of the European Union 9. Spanish foreign and defence policy within the European Union 10. The quality of democracy in Spain: some concluding remarks