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The Politics of Representation: Elections and Parliamentarism in Portugal & Spain, 18751926 (Hardback)
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The Politics of Representation: Elections and Parliamentarism in Portugal & Spain, 18751926 (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 01/11/2017
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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.

Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
ISBN: 9781845198756
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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-Carbo, 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 Jose Varela Ortega, Chairman of Jose Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Maranon Foundation

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