Carleton Author

Montero, Alfred

Department

Political Science

Journal Title

West European Politics

Publication Date

2007

First Page

573

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Last Page

594

File Name

072_Montero-Alfred_TheLimitsOfDecentralisation.pdf

Abstract

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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Yellow

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Yes

Postprint Archiving

Yes (12-18 month embargo)

Publisher PDF Archiving

No

Contributing Organization

Carleton College

Type

Article

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

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