This book deals with the structure of Spanish politics: how citizens and parties locate themselves in political space, and how these actors make decisions based on their positions in the various dimensions this space consists of.
The authors of this volume address the questions surrounding the dimensions of Spanish politics, the effect of the nationalist issue (Catalonia and the Basque Country) in Spanish political competition, the reasons for which the Catalans and the Basques appear as more left-wing than the rest of Spain, the ways in which Spanish voters make their choices, the political issues that are more polarizing in Spain, the background behind why the two main parties hold such similar positions on redistribution, whether the territorial conflict has an impact on preferences for redistribution and how the immigration issue alters political competition.
All of these questions rely on the spatial theory of politics for their analyses. The data used in all the chapters come from a survey that was especially designed with the aim of addressing all these topics that are examined in the book.
This is the first exhaustive and rigorous explanation of how Spanish politics work based on the positions that parties and citizens occupy in the political space.
This book was published as a special issue of South European Society and Politics.
1. Introduction: Voters and Parties in the Spanish Political Space 2. Spatial Voting in Spain 3. Party Polarisation and Spatial Voting in Spain 4. How Do Spanish Independents Vote? Ideology vs. Performance 5. The Lack of Partisan Conflict over the Welfare State in Spain 6. Party Competition and Preferences for Inter-regional Redistribution in Spain 7. Left and Right in the Basque Country and Catalonia: The Meaning of Ideology in a Nationalist Context 8. Preferences for Political Coalitions in Spain 9. The Electoral Effect of Immigration Preferences and the Centre – Periphery Cleavage in Spain 10. Projection Bias in the Survey Placement of Spanish Political Parties: Differences between National and Regional Parties
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.