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The Politics of Representation
Elections and Parliamentarism in Portugal and Spain, 1875–1926

In the Series
The Portuguese-Speaking World: Its History, Politics and Culture

Edited by Pedro Tavares de Almeida & Javier Moreno Luzón

Pedro Tavares de Almeida is Professor of Politics, NOVA University of Lisbon.
Javier Moreno Luzón is Professor of Modern History, Complutense University of Madrid.

 

“This excellent volume, by leading authorities in the field, is a welcome addition to the steadily growing interest in the history of elections and parliaments in the Iberian world.” Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó, Oxford University

“The book opens a window onto political life that transforms our understanding of the emergence of modern politics in the southern edge of Europe.” Professor Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University

“An excellent, professional account of elections and parliaments in Spain and Portugal before democracy.” Professor José Varela Ortega, Chairman of José Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón Foundation

Electoral and parliamentary arenas play a crucial role in the configuration and dynamics of modern polities. This book explores the practices of citizenship and unveils the fabric of representation in the Iberian countries, during a significant period of liberal politics, that is, from its apogee to its collapse (from the 1870s to the 1920s).

Part One examines the evolution of electoral norms and behaviour, as well as the recruitment profile of MPs. Portugal and Spain share fundamental features, such as the extensive clientelistic mobilisation of voters, the dissemination of fraud and corruption, the supremacy of governmental parties and the prevalence of the “politics of notables”.

Part Two focuses on Parliament, questioning constitutional models, internal procedures, legislative action and political activity, as well as coetaneous perceptions and images of the institution and its actors as portrayed in novels, newspaper chronicles, cartoons and photographic reports.

This collection of essays offers a detailed and cogent analysis, as well as a vivid picture, of the politics of representation in Portuguese and Spanish liberalism, revealing significant similarities and differences through cross-country comparisons.


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Publication Details

 
Hardback ISBN:
978-1-84519-875-6
 
 
Page Extent / Format:
272 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
 
Release Date:
November 2017
  Illustrated:   No
 
Hardback Price:
£60.00 / $74.95
 
 

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