Agenda Dynamics in Spain
Laura Chaqués Bonafont, Anna M. Palau, and Frank R. Baumgartner
Spanish politics has evolved from a consensual democracy with a focus on consolidating democratic rule to one where political parties increasingly polarize around ideologically rigid positions of Left and Right. No government seems able to resolve fundamental social conflicts relating to economic growth, relations with the regions, the EU, and the Church. Members of Parliament are regularly sidelined compared to the Prime Minister, even as the regional governments and the European Union increasingly make important policy decisions in a growing number policy domains. Tracing political history from the transition to democracy to the present, this engaging and highly empirical book provides a new look at Spanish politics, based on a policy agendas approach. Students, academics, and those interested in policy change and institutional design over the long term, will all find the book of interest.
Laura Chaqués Bonafont is Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona and Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). She is the director of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project (www.ub.edu/spanishpolicyagendas). Her main research interests are the analysis of agenda dynamics in comparative perspective, with special reference to the impact of the media, and interest groups. In 2014 she won the ICREA academia prize.
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UNC Chapel Hill PhD student Kelsey Shoub designed all our figures reporting statistical results. Click here to download her R-code to make the graphs, and here to download a set of zipped CSV files containing the data presented in each of the figures.
Spanish agendas project web site, archiving all the data associated with this book: www.ub.edu/spanishpolicyagendas
Comparative agendas project web site, linking to similar projects in other countries: http://www.comparativeagendas.net
Published reviews (this list to be appended as more reviews appear):
-- Perspectives on Politics 14, 2 (June 2016): 540-541, by Thomas Jeffrey Miley.
-- West European Politics 39, 6 (2016): 1347-49, by Luis Bouza García
-- Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas 159 (July-September 2017): 174-178, by Jesus M. de Miguel
-- European Political Science 2016, by Tevfik Murat Yildirim (Joint review of Politics of Information and Agenda Dynamics in Spain)
updated: December 5, 2017