The Composition of Spanish Parliaments: What are the MPs Like?

  • Inmaculada Serrano
  • Sandra Bermúdez
Chapter

Abstract

This chapter explores the socio-demographic profile of Spanish MPs in both national and regional parliaments, finding a clearly predominant profile among Spanish MPs: men of advanced age and with university degrees. This common pattern in Western democracies is reproduced also by each of the different parties considered, which systematically under-represent their female, young and less educated voters. MPs from conservative parties are more religious than their electorates, whereas the opposite trend is true for left-wing parties. Finally, although the overwhelming majority of Spanish MPs belong (based on their professional status) to the more privileged social classes, almost half of them were born into working-class or intermediate-class families. The other half of Spanish MPs have reproduced their families’ (relatively privileged) social position.

Keywords

Socio-demographic profile Social MPs position Social distance between MPs and citizens 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inmaculada Serrano
    • 1
  • Sandra Bermúdez
    • 2
  1. 1.Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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