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Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Edited by Jorge M. Fernandes, Cristina Leston-Bandeira


304 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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This comprehensive book analyses the development of the legislatures in the Iberian countries over the past 40 years, since democracy was introduced, to comparatively understand their role in these political systems and in sustaining their democratic systems.

Sharing many historical developments and institutional characteristics, Spain and Portugal also present crucial differences, notably Spain’s pure parliamentary system, a King as Head of State and a quasi-federal structure, and Portugal’s semi-presidential democracy. Starting with a historical and institutional contextualisation of these two legislatures, the book examines the most important organisational and behavioural features of legislative life in Iberian legislatures in a comparative perspective. It also shows how new legislatures develop resilience capacity to support lasting democratic systems as fully-fledged institutionalised bodies.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of Spain and Portugal, legislative politics and parliamentarianism, and more broadly to European politics and comparative politics, journalists and practitioners.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction [Jorge M. Fernandes]

Section I: Historical Background

2. The Portuguese Assembleia da República in Context [Eunice Goes and Cristina Leston-Bandeira]

3. The Spanish Parliament in Context [Bonnie N. Field and Caroline Gray]

Section II: Internal Organization Structures

4. Parliamentary Party Groups in the Iberian Legislatures [Carlos Jalali and Juan Rodríguez Teruel]

5. Committee Systems in Portugal and Spain [Jorge M. Fernandes and Pedro Riera]

Section III: Representation and Actors

6. Social Distance and Ideological Congruence between MPs and Citizens: Iberian Legislatures before and after the Great Recession [André Freire and Xavier Coller]

7. The Diversity Gap in the Portuguese and Spanish Parliaments: Descriptive Representation Through an Intersectional Perspective [Ana Espírito-Santo, Tània Verge, and Laura Morales]

8. Interest Groups in the Iberian Legislatures [Marco Lisi and Luz Muñoz Marquez]

9. Iberian Citizens’ Views on their Parliaments: Support, Attitudes on Representation, Candidate Selection and Electoral System [José Santana-Pereira and Irene Martín]

Section IV: Legislative Processes

10. The Legislative Role of Iberian Legislatures [Cláudia Ribeiro, Mercedes Araújo and Sónia Rodrigues]

11. Parliamentary Accountability [Manuel Sánchez de Dios]

Section V: Relations with Other Bodies

12. The Participation of the Spanish and the Portuguese Parliaments in the Activity of the European Union [Elviro Aranda Álvarez and Paulo Sande]

13. The Relationship between Regional and National Parliaments in Spain and Portugal [Pablo Oñate and Ana M. Belchior]

14. Constitutional Courts and National Parliaments in Spain and Portugal [Nuno Garoupa, Joan Solanes Mullor, Teresa Violante]

Conclusion [Jorge M. Fernandes]

About the Editors

Jorge M. Fernandes is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. He has previously worked at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and has held a visiting position at Harvard University’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

Cristina Leston-Bandeira is Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds, UK. She has worked on parliaments for over 20 years and is a key scholar on the Portuguese Parliament. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Democratic Engagement and Chair of the UK Study of Parliament Group. She is also co-editor of the journal Parliamentary Affairs and a Constitution Unit Fellow.

About the Series

Library of Legislative Studies

The Library of Legislative Studies comprises scholarly books - including individual country studies as well as major comparative works - that advance knowledge of legislatures and legislative processes. The volumes in the library are designed to be of value to students and scholars in legislative studies, comparative government, constitutional law, and European and regional integration.

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