Bulletin n. 1/2017
June 2017
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Simón Pablo
    The Challenges of the New Spanish Multipartism: Government Formation Failure and the 2016 General Election
    in South European Society & Politics , Volume 21, Issue 4, Special Issue: Breaking the Mould: Crisis Elections, New Contenders and the Travails of Government Formation in Southern Europe ,  2016 ,  493-517
    The 2016 general election was the result of the incapacity of Spanish political parties to agree on the formation of a government following the previous parliamentary election six months earlier. The paper begins by examining how and why this process failed, focusing on institutional and contextual factors, especially those related to the emergence of Podemos and Ciudadanos in the Spanish political arena. Also explained are the negotiation strategies of the different parties, the electoral campaign and the results of the subsequent 2016 general election. These results show that, on the right, most vote changes went from Ciudadanos to the Popular Party while, in the case of the new pre-electoral coalition of UP, former Izquierda Unida voters were more prone to desert. Full text available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13608746.2016.1268292
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