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Resolving the social-democratic dilemma? Andalusia under pressure (2011-2015)

Cole, Alistair ORCID: and Harguindeguy, Jean-Baptiste 2017. Resolving the social-democratic dilemma? Andalusia under pressure (2011-2015). International Journal of Iberian Studies 30 (1) , pp. 21-40. 10.1386/ijis.30.1.21_1

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This article focuses on the concept of the ‘social-democratic’ dliemma through the study of the Spanish region of Andalusia. Led by social democrats since the democratic Transition, the Andalusian government has developed a specific territorial model that has been challenged by the austerity measures adopted by the conservative cabinet ruling the central state (2011–15). Through a grass-roots interview-based analysis of Andalusian politics, this study elucidates the political and discursive strategy followed by the Andalusian government for preserving its power, protecting its regional model and resolving the social-democratic dilemma. From a systemic perspective, the article demonstrates that exogenous constraints, though heightened in a period of economic crisis, are to an extent counteracted by domestic pressures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spain, Andalusia, crisis, decentralization, politics, social-democracy
Publisher: Intellect
ISSN: 1364-971X
Funders: Leverhulme Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 November 2016
Date of Acceptance: 22 November 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:19

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