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Ministerial and parliamentary elites in multilevel Spain 1977-2009

Rodríguez-Teruel, Juan (2011) Ministerial and parliamentary elites in multilevel Spain 1977-2009. Comparative Sociology, 10 (6). pp. 887-907. ISSN 1569-1322

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Identification Number: 10.1163/156913311X607610


In decentralized European parliamentary democracies future governing elites often acquire political experience and attain top positions by passing through sub-national political institutions. In doing so, elites circumvent and reduce the importance of national parliaments. Previous research has advanced several explanations for this pattern: Europe's tradition of bureaucratic government; parties with open methods for selecting parliamentary candidates; the "presidentialization" and Europeanization of national political systems. Since its transition to democracy in 1977, Spain has had an exceptionally small proportion of former MPs in its national cabinets. I employ data for Spanish ministers between 1977-2009 demonstrating the passage of a large proportion of cabinet ministers through local and regional government levels rather than the national parliament, the Cortes Generales. I show that multilevel rather than parliamentary political careers characterize ministerial elite recruitment, and I discuss the consequences for Spain's parliamentary democracy

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Additional Information: © 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 14:19
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 01:58

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