It has been argued that political parties are weakening. In Southern Europe, however, political parties have shown remarkable pragmatism. Not only have they played a crucial role in the installation and consolidation of democracy, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s, but they have also adapted to the aftermaths of severe political crises during the 1990s.
Party Change in Southern Europe addresses a basic issue: Have parties in Southern Europe weakened over the decade 1995-2005? Or have they rather changed? And if so, how have they changed? To answer these questions the authors analyze the transformations undergone by the two main parties in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Turkey and Cyprus (North and South) focusing on several dimensions of change. For each political group, systematic analysis is offered on:
This book was previously published as a special issue of South European Society and Politics.
Introduction Anna Bosco and Leonardo Morlino Portugal The Partido Social Democrata Carlos Jalali. The Partido Socialista Marco Lisi Spain The Partido Popular Javier Astudillo and Elena García-Guereta. The Partido Socialista Obrero Español Mónica Méndez Lago Italy Forza Italia Francesco Raniolo. The Democratici di Sinistra Daniela Giannetti and Rosa Mulé Greece Nea Democratia Takis S. Pappas and Elias Dinas. PASOK Mikalis Spourdalakis and Chrisanthos Tassis Cyprus and Northern Cyprus AKEL, DISY, CTP and UBP Christophoros Christophorou Turkey The AKP Ergun Özbudun. The CHP Ilter Turan
The parallel regime transitions of the 1970s, when Southern Europe was the vanguard of the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, the impact of EU membership and Europeanisation and more recently, the region’s central role in the eurozone crisis have all made Southern Europe a distinctive area of interest for social science scholars. The South European Society and Politics book series promotes new empirical research into the domestic politics and society of South European states. The series, open to a broad range of social science approaches, offers comparative thematic volumes covering the region as a whole and on occasion, innovative single-country studies. Its geographical scope includes both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Southern Europe, defined as Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.