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Politicians in Hard Times

Spanish and South European MPs Facing Citizens after the Great Recession

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Is based on the main results of the second comprehensive survey to MPs at national and regional level

  • Offers for the first time a picture of who the MPs are, what they think and how distant (or close) they are to citizens

  • Draws lessons for relatively new democracies -Portugal, Greece and some Eastern European and Latin American countries - experiencing a political crisis in the form of disaffection and political mistrust

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxix
  2. Democracy, Politicians and Citizens

    • Xavier Coller, Leonardo Sánchez-Ferrer
    Pages 1-20
  3. Do MPs Represent Us?

    • Sandra Bermúdez, Inmaculada Serrano
    Pages 21-46
  4. Political Socialisation

    • Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo, Gloria Martínez-Cousinou
    Pages 69-87
  5. New Political Scenario, New Motivations?

    • Manuel Portillo-Pérez, Adrián Del Río
    Pages 89-108
  6. Democratic, Yet Representative? Selecting MPs in a Multilevel Polity

    • Santiago Pérez-Nievas, Marta Paradés, Guillermo Cordero, Xavier Coller
    Pages 109-129
  7. Obliged to Respond? MPs’ Modes of Political Representation

    • Fabiola Mota, Andrés Benítez
    Pages 131-152
  8. Responsiveness Towards Street Protests: MPs’ and citizens’ Normative Views

    • Manuel Jiménez-Sánchez, Pablo Domínguez
    Pages 153-181
  9. How Democracy Works: Divergent Perspectives of Representatives and Citizens

    • Robert M. Fishman, Alejandro Tirado Castro
    Pages 183-203
  10. Elite and Citizens’ Attitudes Towards Territorial Organisation

    • Sergio Pérez Castaños, Leonardo Sánchez-Ferrer
    Pages 205-225
  11. Territorial and National Identities in Times of Change

    • Adrián del Río, Margarita Gómez-Reino Cachafeiro
    Pages 227-247
  12. Euroscepticism in Spain: A Phenomenon of Extremes?

    • Beatriz Carrasco, Elena González, Jean-Baptiste Harguindéguy
    Pages 249-269
  13. Ideological Congruence Following the Great Recession

    • Leonardo Sánchez-Ferrer, Pablo Domínguez
    Pages 271-289
  14. Ideological and Policy Congruence in Italy and Spain

    • Andrea Pedrazzani, Paolo Segatti
    Pages 291-312
  15. Ideological Coherence Within Parties: Portugal and Spain

    • Marco Lisi, Sofia Serra-Silva
    Pages 313-333
  16. Are Challengers Better Representatives? Greece and Spain

    • Emmanouil Tsatsanis, Manina Kakepaki
    Pages 335-356
  17. Left-Right Ideological Congruence in Southern Europe

    • André Freire, Andrea Pedrazzani, Emmanouil Tsatsanis, Paolo Segatti, Xavier Coller
    Pages 357-382
  18. Leadership in Hard Times?

    • Leonardo Sánchez-Ferrer, Xavier Coller
    Pages 383-397
  19. Back Matter

    Pages 399-402

About this book

This book analyses the Spanish parliamentary elites in a comparative perspective within southern Europe. What has been the impact of the Great Recession on the configuration of parliaments and the diversity of legislators? Have new parties delivered better representation of citizens in terms of demographics (gender, age, social class), ideology or political attitudes and beliefs? This original research is based on a 2018 survey on members of two national chambers and 17 regional parliaments. Comparing these data with those of a simultaneous survey carried out on Spanish citizens and with data from previous research a decade ago, the book examines the changes that have occurred in representation during the course of the Great Recession and provides evidence of the growing distance between citizens and parliamentary elites. Additionally, using data from the Comparative Candidates Survey, the book compares the ideological congruence between citizens and their representatives in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

Xavier Coller is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Unversidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain. He has taught in several universities in Europe and the US. He has authored or co-authored over a hundred works on social theories, research methods, collective identities, complex organizations, and political elites.

Leonardo Sánchez-Ferrer is Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Burgos, Spain. He has taught and researched in different European universities. He has authored or co- authored works on public policies, educational reforms, voting, political elites and leaders.

Keywords

  • Congruence
  • Descriptive and substantive representation
  • Democracy
  • Political parties
  • Great recession
  • Political elites and citizens
  • Parliaments
  • South Europe
  • European politics
  • Euroscepticism
  • Federalism
  • Decentralization
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Greece

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Political Science and Administration, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain

    Xavier Coller

  • School of Law, Universidad de Burgos, Burgos, Spain

    Leonardo Sánchez-Ferrer

About the editors

Xavier Coller is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Unversidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain. He has taught in several universities in Europe and the US. He has authored or co-authored over a hundred works on social theories, research methods, collective identities, complex organizations, and political elites.

Leonardo Sánchez-Ferrer is Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Burgos, Spain. He has taught and researched in different European universities. He has authored or co- authored works on public policies, educational reforms, voting, political elites and leaders.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Politicians in Hard Times

  • Book Subtitle: Spanish and South European MPs Facing Citizens after the Great Recession

  • Editors: Xavier Coller, Leonardo Sánchez-Ferrer

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70242-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-70241-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-70244-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-70242-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIX, 402

  • Number of Illustrations: 46 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: European Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Sociology

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-70242-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)