1st Edition

Affective Polarisation in Spain Electoral, Regional and Media Conflictuality

Edited By Mariano Torcal Copyright 2024

    This book offers a detailed analysis of affective polarisation based primarily on a unique dataset created from an online panel survey in Spain. Spain is a country that provides a rich context for the exploration of identity-based polarisation. The analysis spans particularly politically relevant times in Spain during which identities were highly politicised, providing important lessons for the comparative standpoint.

    A series of different individual-level measures of likes and dislikes towards different social-groups, including partisan supporters, national and subnational identifiers and other social groups are provided in the survey, allowing the authors to observe the social identities behind the growing levels of individual affective polarisation. Contributions in this volume examine the time trends of affective polarisation over this period of intense political instability and crisis and evaluate the potential factors that might explain its dynamics. The book pays special attention, on the one hand, to the party supply effect and, on the other, to the increasing partisan and ideological content of press and social media. It also looks at some potential behavioural consequences of affective polarisation such as the change and dynamics of party system, turnout, and support for radical right-wing parties (RRPs).

    Affective Polarisation in Spain: Electoral, Regional and Media Conflictuality will be beneficial for students, researchers and scholars of Spanish History and Politics, Sociology, and International Relations. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of South European Society and Politics.

    Introduction: Affective Polarisation in Times of Political Instability and Conflict. Spain from a Comparative Perspective

    Mariano Torcal and Josep M. Comellas

    1. Electoral Competition and Partisan Affective Polarisation in Spain

    Isabel Rodríguez, Diego Santamaría and Luis Miller

    2. Territorial Polarisation after Radical Parties’ Breakthrough in Spain

    Amuitz Garmendia Madariaga and Pedro Riera

    3. Media Diet and Polarisation: Evidence from Spain

    Albert Padró-Solanet and Joan Balcells

    4. Twitter and Affective Polarisation: Following Political Leaders in Spain

    Javier Lorenzo-Rodríguez and Mariano Torcal

    5. In-Party Like, Out-Party Dislike and Propensity to Vote in Spain

    Danilo Serani

    6. Affective and Territorial Polarisation: The Impact on Vote Choice in Spain

    Toni Rodon

    7. Partisan Sentiments and Political Trust: A Longitudinal Study of Spain

    Mariano Torcal and Emily Carty


    Mariano Torcal is Full Professor of Political Science and Director of Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. His main interest areas include Political Behavior, Political Attitudes, Social and Political Participation in New Democracies, Institutionalization of Party Systems, Mechanisms of Vote Intermediation, and Electoral Accountability.