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The survival of Spanish provincial governments in a quasi-federal polity: reframing the debate

Harguindeguy, Jean Baptiste and Cole, Alistair Mark ORCID: 2017. The survival of Spanish provincial governments in a quasi-federal polity: reframing the debate. International Journal of Public Administration 40 (3) , pp. 226-239. 10.1080/01900692.2015.1094090

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Despite harsh criticisms, Spanish provincial governments (diputaciones) have survived for 200 years and have remained practically unchanged since the Transition. The survival of diputaciones in a protoregional state is clearly a paradox that requires consideration of a range of potential explanations. Drawing upon extensive empirical investigation within and around three provincial governments in 2013- 2014 (Seville, Barcelona and Valencia), the survival of the diputaciones is illuminated by the path dependency and functional arguments, but it is most convincingly explained in terms of cartel (party) politics. The impact of the 2008 economic crisis has stretched these ‘party bargains’ to breaking point.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DP Spain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spain, local government, regional politics, governance, crisis, devolution
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0190-0692
Funders: Leverhulme Trust Grant IN-2012-109, 2012-15
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2015
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:48

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