Parliamentary Groups and Institutional Context

  • Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo
  • Gloria Martínez-Cousinou


In this chapter, the functioning of parliamentary groups is analyzed. In the Spanish case, it has been found that there is high parliamentary discipline, which is supported by the members of all the parties and parliaments, as well as by citizens. However, this does not necessarily translate into a vertical functioning of the parliamentary groups. The parliamentary groups are headed by the veterans within the group, but the mere fact of holding a position in the party does not have a significant effect on the degree of influence in the parliamentary group. In general terms, the power of the parliamentary groups is concentrated in the professional politicians who have developed their career within the parties, preventing professionals from other fields from accessing positions of power. At the same time, women have fewer probabilities than men of accessing positions of leadership in the parliamentary groups.


Discipline Functioning of parliamentary groups Leadership 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo
    • 1
  • Gloria Martínez-Cousinou
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Loyola AndalucíaSevilleSpain

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