Political Representation in Southern Europe and Latin America: Crisis or Continuing Transformation following the Great Recession?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Political Representation in Southern Europe and Latin America

Crisis or Continuing Transformation following the Great Recession?, 1st Edition

Edited by André Freire, Mélany Barragán, Xavier Coller, Marco Lisi, Emmanouil Tsatsanis


304 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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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

André Freire, Mélany Barragán, Xavier Coller, Marco Lisi and Emmanouil Tsatsanis

Part I: Southern Europe

1. Southern Europe and the Eurozone Crisis: Political Representation, Party System Characteristics and the Impact of Austerity

Marco Lisi and Emmanouil Tsatsanis

2. The Study of Political Representation in Greece: Towards new patterns following the economic crisis?

Eftichia Teperoglou, Ioannis Andreadis and Theodore Chatzipantelis

3. Modes of Representation and Parliamentary Roles in Italy

Federico Russo and Luca Verzichelli

4. Political Representation Studies in Portugal, before and after the ‘Great Recession’ Legitimation and the Ideological Linkages between Voters and their Representatives

André Freire, Marco Lisi and Emmanouil Tsatsanis

5. It is Not the Economy: How Spanish Established Political Elites Understand the (Political) Crisis and Its Effects

Xavier Coller, Manuel Jiménez-Sánchez and Manuel Portillo

6. The Social Profile of the New Political Elites in Spain

Manuel Portillo and Pablo Dominguez

7. Methodological Challenges in the Study of Political Elites: Some reflections from Southern Europe

André Freire, Xavier Coller, Ioannis Andreadis, Antonio M. Jaime, Sofia Serra da Silva and Evangelia Kartsounidou

Part II: Latin America

8. Latin American Politics Before and Beyond the Commodity Crisis: Representation, Institutional Design, and Political Cycles

Mélany Barragán and Manuel Alcántara

9. Venezuela: Changes and continuities in post-Chavez era

Juan Manuel Trak

10. Political Representation Studies in Ecuador: Links between Elites and Voters

Cristina Rivas, José Manuel Rivas and Alexandra Jima

11. Political Representation in Chile: Electoral Institutions, Elites and Voters

Peter M. Siavelis

12. Parliamentary Latin American Elites: A Methodological Approach

Mélany Barragán Manjón, Cristina Rivas and José Manuel Rivas


André Freire, Mélany Barragán, Xavier Coller, Marco Lisi and Emmanouil Tsatsanis

About the Editors

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 isAssistant Professor at the Nova University Lisbon, FCSH-UNL, and IPRI-UNL, Portugal.

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

About the Series

Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites

All political systems are governed by ruling elites – presidents, prime ministers, ministers, civil servants, judges, mayors and councillors all play important roles in running our lives, while beyond the state people are picked to run international organizations. Social elites, such as global business or media tycoons, religious or ethnic leaders, play a major role influencing public policy. The books in this series examine all such political and social elites within local, national and international arenas. We are interested in theoretical and empirical analyses of elites. Whilst elites have been studied in the past, modern computing and electronic data-collection facilities mean that for the first time comprehensive information on the personal characteristics of elites, including factors such as birthplace, age, and social and educational background, can relatively easily be gathered. We can explore the ways in which people enter the elite, the networks they form and the policies they effect. Modern techniques open up exciting opportunities to examine our governors, their actions and interactions in more detail than ever before.

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