The Role of Elites in the Spanish Transition to Democracy 1975-1981: Motors of Change?

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9780773453951: The Role of Elites in the Spanish Transition to Democracy 1975-1981: Motors of Change?

This study seeks to analyze the influence of individuals in democratic transitions, using Spain as a case study and examining, in particular, the role of elite actors in the process. This study should appeal to scholars interested in political science, history, and Hispanic studies. This book seeks to analyze the specific role elite actors played in the process of Spain's democratic transition, thereby demonstrating the influence of individuals in creating political change. Though utilizing Spain as a case study, the nature of the analysis allows for the findings to be applied to democratic transitions as a general political process and not simply constrained to the example in question. This work does not purport to have created nor established a paradigm with which to fully comprehend democratic transitions, but an attempt has been made to produce a theoretical approach capable of addressing questions previously unanswered. The work also offers an historical overview of Spain's democratic transition.

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Dr. Christopher Hill is currently Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nottingham. Dr. Hill's primary area of research is Spanish politics and the nature of its democratic system.

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"By combining rational choice approaches and historical institutionalism, Dr. Christopher Hill provides us with a fascinating and nuanced account of exactly how and why Spain's elite actors were able to make the path-shaping decisions which were so central to the ultimate establishment of democracy - even when that was not necessarily the intention of the decision-makers themselves." - Professor Paul M. Heywood School of Politics and International Relations University of Nottingham "... I am certain that the rigorous theoretical, analytical and methodological framework employed by the author has enabled him to interpret the rich empirical details gathered during the course of his research in a convincing and original manner. The reader is therefore offered a clear, imaginative and theoretically persuasive study of the role of elite actors during Spain's transition to democracy." - Dr. Paul Kennedy Lecturer in Spanish and European Studies University of Bath"

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