Barcelona, the Left and the Independence Movement in Catalonia: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Barcelona, the Left and the Independence Movement in Catalonia

1st Edition

By Gillespie


130 pages

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Created by social movement activists and left-wing parties during years of austerity, Barcelona en Comú, or the Comuns (as they are known in Catalan), won control of the city council of Barcelona in May 2015. The ensuing municipal government gave the city its first ever female mayor in the form of former housing rights campaigner Ada Colau. The Comuns administration proceeded to undertake ambitious initiatives, attempting to regenerate democracy by changing the relationship between municipal authority and citizen, addressing social inequality issues and seeking to curb the hitherto unbridled tourist expansion in the name of improving the environment for those who live in the Catalan capital.

This book examines the extent to which the political project of the Comuns has brought radical change in Barcelona, where it has faced opposition from revolutionary anti-capitalists, traditional Catalan nationalists and independentistas, as well as conservative political and economic forces. It also considers the Comuns' relationship to Podemos and their prospects of growing beyond the city, in the metropolitan area of Barcelona and across Catalonia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1 Introduction; 2 Outlining the Context; 3 The Making of Barcelona en Comú; 4 Party Politics under a Radical Minority Government; 5 The Comuns in Office: Achievements and Shortcomings; 6 Comuns in Catalonia: Failing to Take Off?; 7 Consolidation and Prospects; List of Interviews; Bibliography; Index

About the Author

Richard Gillespie is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool. Before being appointed to the Chair in Politics at the University of Liverpool in 2000, he held posts at the universities of Newcastle, Portsmouth, Warwick and Oxford. His ongoing research interests centre around movements seeking national independence for non-sovereign regions within EU member states, particularly Catalonia.

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