The Spanish parliament in context

Bonnie N. Field, Caroline Gray

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This chapter examines developments surrounding and within Spain’s parliament, the Cortes Generales, since Spain’s transition to democracy in the mid-1970s. It provides an overview of the historical context and redemocratization, and characterizes Spain’s ascension to the European Union and economic transformation. Subsequently, it analyses the formal parliamentary institutions, including asymmetric bicameralism with greater power concentrated in the lower house; party dominance; and relative weakness vis-à-vis the government—all of which have endured over time. It then traces the significant changes in the party system and the patterns of governance, particularly related to minority and majority cabinets. Finally, it reviews the establishment of regional parliaments and political decentralization, which dispersed policy-making authority.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective
EditorsJorge M. Fernandes, Cristina Leston-Bandeira
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon and New York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Pages25-46
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781351065221
ISBN (Print)9781138479678
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2019

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NameLibrary of Legislative Studies
PublisherRoutledge

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Field, B. N., & Gray, C. (2019). The Spanish parliament in context. In J. M. Fernandes, & C. Leston-Bandeira (Eds.), Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective (pp. 25-46). (Library of Legislative Studies). Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge.
Field, Bonnie N. ; Gray, Caroline. / The Spanish parliament in context. Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective. editor / Jorge M. Fernandes ; Cristina Leston-Bandeira. Abingdon, Oxon and New York : Routledge, 2019. pp. 25-46 (Library of Legislative Studies).
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Field, BN & Gray, C 2019, The Spanish parliament in context. in JM Fernandes & C Leston-Bandeira (eds), Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective. Library of Legislative Studies, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon and New York, pp. 25-46.

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Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective. ed. / Jorge M. Fernandes; Cristina Leston-Bandeira. Abingdon, Oxon and New York : Routledge, 2019. p. 25-46 (Library of Legislative Studies).

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