The Role of Elites in the Spanish Transition to Democracy (1975-1981): Motors of Change?

The Role of Elites in the Spanish Transition to Democracy (1975-1981): Motors of Change?

By: Christopher Hill (author)Hardback

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This study seeks to analyze the influence of individuals in democratic transitions, using Spain as a case study and examining, in particular, the role of elite actors in the process. This study should appeal to scholars interested in political science, history, and Hispanic studies. This book seeks to analyze the specific role elite actors played in the process of Spain's democratic transition, thereby demonstrating the influence of individuals in creating political change. Though utilizing Spain as a case study, the nature of the analysis allows for the findings to be applied to democratic transitions as a general political process and not simply constrained to the example in question. This work does not purport to have created nor established a paradigm with which to fully comprehend democratic transitions, but an attempt has been made to produce a theoretical approach capable of addressing questions previously unanswered. The work also offers an historical overview of Spain's democratic transition.

About Author

Dr. Christopher Hill is currently Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nottingham. Dr. Hill's primary area of research is Spanish politics and the nature of its democratic system.


List of Figures and Tables; Preface by Paul Heywood; Acknowledgements; Introduction: When All the Dust Has Been Swept Away; Twentieth Century Development: Spain's Path to Democracy; Constructing the Framework: Analysis of Suitable Approaches; The Nomination of Juan Carlos: An Unexpected Successor; The Nomination of Adolfo Suarez: A Valuable Asset in Place; The Reform of the Cortes: Knight to King Four; The Attempted Military Coup: Democracy Held Hostage; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773453951
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780773453951
  • ISBN10: 0773453954

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