General election will be held on Sunday 20 December 2015 in Spain.
In January 2015, the Greek elections brought the Coalition of the Radical Left, Syriza, to power, followed by another victory in the snap election eight months later. In November 2015, the fall of Portugal’s new centre-right government occurred after only twelve days, when its programme was voted down in parliament by the centre-left Socialists and the three leftist parties (the Communist, Green and Left Bloc parties). All eyes in Europe are now on Spain. It is also a good opportunity to propose our readers a list of recent books on Spanish politics which are available at the Central Library.
The Spanish political landscape is changing rapidly. The traditional dominance of the PP (Partido Popular) and its main opponent, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español, PSOE), has been swept away by disaffected voters, who, since 2014, have turned in significant numbers to the anti-establishment, left-wing Podemos (‘We Can’) and the centrist, liberal Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’).
The general election will therefore be a four-way contest. As no party is likely to win an absolute majority, this means that either Ciudadanos or Podemos could play some kind of role in the next government’s policymaking.
Another distinctive aspect in this election is the generational renewal at the top of Spanish politics. The visible faces of all national parties are now less than 45, sometimes much younger. They are:
- PP: María Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Antón (1971)
- PSOE: Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón (1972)
- UPyD (Union, Progress and Democracy; Unión Progreso y Democracia): Andrés Herzog Sánchez (1974)
- Podemos: Pablo Iglesias Turrión (1978)
- Ciudadanos: Albert Rivera Díaz (1979)
- IU (United Left; Izquierda Unida): Alberto Garzón Espinosa (1985)
Enjoy our suggested immersion in Spanish politics!
|Asaltar los cielos: podemos o la política después de la crisis / José Ignacio Torreblanca.
Barcelona : Debate, 2015
|Pablo Iglesias: biografía política urgente / Iván Gil.
Barcelona : Stella Maris, 2015
|Disputar la democracia: política para tiempos de crisis / Pablo Iglesias; foreword Alexis Tsipras.
Madrid : Akal, 2014
|Voters and parties in the Spanish political space / edited by Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca and Elias Dinas.
Abingdon : Routledge, 2014
|La urna rota: la crisis política e institucional del modelo español / Politikon ; Jorge Galindo …[et al.]
Barcelona : Debate, 2014
|The politics and memory of democratic transition: the Spanish model / edited by Gregorio Alonso and Diego Muro.
New York : Routledge, 2011
|Spain’s ‘second transition’? the socialist government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero / edited by Bonnie N. Field.
Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2011
|Spanish politics: democracy after dictatorship / Omar G. Encarnación.
Cambridge : Wiley, 2008
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