Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction: Analysing Spanish Politics

  3. The Legacy of History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Paul Heywood
      Pages 37-56
    3. Paul Heywood
      Pages 57-80
  4. The Construction of a Democratic State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Paul Heywood
      Pages 103-120
    3. Paul Heywood
      Pages 121-141
    4. Paul Heywood
      Pages 142-164
    5. Paul Heywood
      Pages 165-188
  5. The Emergence of a Modern Democratic Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Paul Heywood
      Pages 217-240
    3. Paul Heywood
      Pages 241-260
    4. Paul Heywood
      Pages 261-283
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 284-331

About this book


Despite the widespread attention attracted by Spain's remarkable transition from General Franco's repressive dictatorship to a dynamic democracy, this is the first comprehensive study in English of the new Spanish political system. The book introduces the main institutions and features of the contemporary Spanish state and assesses to what extent these still bear the imprint of the Francoist legacy. Despite some remaining obstacles and difficulties, Paul Heywood argues, the country is now decisively in the political mainstream of the new Europe.


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