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Political Representation in Southern Europe and Latin America
Before and After the Great Recession and the Commodity Crisis

ISBN 9781032235714
Published February 1, 2022 by Routledge
280 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collective volume - with contributions from experts on these regions - examines broader questions about the current crises (The Great Recession and The Commodity Crisis) and the associated changes in political representation in both regions.

It provides a general overview of political representation studies in Southern Europe and Latin America and builds bridges between the two traditions of political representation studies, affording greater understanding of developments in each region and promote future research collaboration between Southern Europe and Latin America. Finally, the book addresses questions of continuity and change in patterns of political representation after the onset of the two economic crises, specifically examining issues such as changes in citizens’ democratic support and trust in political representatives and institutions, in-descriptive representation (in the sociodemographic profile of MPs) and in-substantive representation (in the link between voters and MPs in terms of ideological congruence and/or policy/issue orientations).

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of political elites, political representation, European and Latin American politics/studies, and more broadly to comparative politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The impact of the Great Recession and the Commodity Crisis upon Political Representation in Southern Europe and Latin America  Part I: Southern Europe  1. Southern Europe and the Eurozone Crisis: Political Representation, Party System Characteristics and the Impact of Austerity  2. The Study of Political Representation in Greece: Towards new patterns following the economic crisis?  3. Modes of Representation and Parliamentary Roles in Italy  4. Political Representation Studies in Portugal, before and after the ‘Great Recession’ Legitimation and the Ideological Linkages between Voters and their Representatives  5. It is Not the Economy: How Spanish Established Political Elites Understand the (Political) Crisis and Its Effects  6. The Social Profile of the New Political Elites in Spain  7. Methodological Challenges in the Study of Political Elites: Some reflections from Southern Europe  Part II: Latin America  8. Latin American Politics Before and Beyond the Commodity Crisis: Representation, Institutional Design, and Political Cycles  9. Venezuela: Changes and continuities in post-Chavez era  10. Political Representation Studies in Ecuador: Links between Elites and Voters  11. Political Representation in Chile: Electoral Institutions, Elites and Voters  12. Parliamentary Latin American Elites: A Methodological Approach.  Conclusions

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André Freire is Full Professor at the ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon, and CIES-IUL, Portugal.

Mélany Barragán is Researcher at the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Xavier Coller is Full Professor at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain.

Marco Lisi is Assistant Professor at the Nova University Lisbon, FCSH-UNL, and IPRI-UNL, Portugal.

Emmanouil Tsatsanis is Senior Researcher at CIES-IUL, and Invited Assistant Professor at the ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.