Party Formation and Democratic Transition in Spain

The Creation and Collapse of the Union of the Democratic Centre

  • JonathanĀ Hopkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 250-289

About this book


The abrupt collapse and dissolution of the Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD), the party which governed Spain during the crucial period of the transition to democracy (1977-82), is one of the most extraordinary events in the history of European party politics. This book develops an original theoretical framework for the study of party institutionalisation, and draws on a wide range of empirical sources to offer new insights into the causes of the UCD's collapse.


democracy Europe history Institution politics Spain

Authors and affiliations

  • JonathanĀ Hopkin
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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and International StudiesUniversity of BirminghamUK

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