West European Politics
Taylor & Francis
Scholars of decentralisation in comparative perspective have argued that these reforms should lead to a ‘territorialisation of politics’. For the party system and the legislature this means that subnational interests will increasingly influence rules and practices as well as positions on policy choice. This study tests this proposition in Spain, which has undergone extensive decentralisation during its democratic history (1977–present). By examining the career trajectories of deputies in the ruling lower house, the study finds little evidence that decentralisation expanded the influence of subnational representatives within the party system or the parliament of democratic Spain. This was true despite the growing cohort of deputies with subnational experience in the Congreso, the ability of subnational party offices to recruit and place candidates on electoral lists, and the increasing importance of regional issues in national elections.
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Montero, Alfred. 2007. "The Limits of Decentralization: Legislative Careers and Territorial Representation in Spain." West European Politics 30, (3): 573-594. doi:10.1080/01402380701276428. Accessed via Faculty Work. Political Science. Carleton Digital Commons.