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 Politics of Spain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Politics of Spain takes place in a framework of a federal parliamentary representative democratic monarchy, whereby the President of the Government is the head of government and of a pluriform multi-party system.
This statement is a contradiction (since Nationality and Nation essentially mean the same thing in political theory), but it was an agreement that struck a balance between the political parties advocating the nation state and those advocating the plurinational state.
These political parties share the belief that the Kingdom of Spain is a state formed by four nations, namely the Catalan nation, the Basque nation, the Galician nation and what might be called the Castillian-Spanish nation (for lack of better word, since they would call it simply Spain).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Politics_of_Spain   (2304 words)

 Wikinfo | Spain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As of 2003, Spain is currently holding talks with the United Kingdom about Gibraltar, a tiny peninsula that changed hands during the War of Spanish Succession in 1714.
Spain is, at present, what is called a State of Autonomies, formally unitary but, in fact, functioning as a Federation of Autonomous Communities, each one with different powers (for instances, some have their own educational and health systems, other don't) and laws.
Terrorism is a problem of present-day Spain, since ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom) is trying to achieve Basque independence through violent means, including the use of bombs and murders.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Spain   (1345 words)

 The Politics of Spain
He is in command of all the armed forces; he confers important political posts, such as President of the Cortes, all cabinet ministers, all provincial governors, all Heads of Syndicates, all armed forces commanders, and has power of veto over Church Bishops appointed by the Vatican.
The Head of the State is also the head of the National Movement, which is the nearest thing to a political party in Spain, and is the main principal-making body of the country, represented primarily by the National Council.
Spain's parliamentary body was created in 1942 and has undergone considerable change since, the tendency having been to increase its responsibilities.
www.travelnet.co.il /espagne/menu/ThePoliticsofSpain2.htm   (604 words)

 Spain - Psychology Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Spain is a constitutional monarchy, with a hereditary monarch and a bicameral parliament, the Cortes Generales or National Assembly.
Spain, despite all the documentary evidence to the contrary, alleges that the Treaty of Vienna left the provisions of the Treaty of Badajoz intact.
Spain became a unified crown with the union of Castile and Aragon and the conquest of Granada in 1492, and the annexation of Navarre in 1515.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Spain   (7918 words)

Spain was therefore one of the first among South European states to enfranchise women.
The legalisation of political parties and trade unions opened up a controversial debate amongst feminists on the question of whether the women's liberation movement should become involved in the larger democratic strategy of the parties or remain independent.
It states that political pluralism is guaranteed by free political parties, which participate in the formation and expression of the will of the people and are the basic instruments for political participation.
www.helsinki.fi /science/xantippa/wle/wle15.html   (1788 words)

 World Affairs: Spain lacks a politics of purpose   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The social and political situation in Spain today could be characterized by a total lack of what we might call politics of purpose both in its domestic and foreign policy.
The political concepts of authority and stability, so uninhibitedly brandished by the Spanish socialist state, are the origin and cause of the defeats and deficiencies that have characterized Spanish life over the last decade.
The situation is made worse by the fact that in these communities the political class possesses greater professionalism and a firmer democratic tradition, both of which they summon, as is natural, to maximize their local and ideological interests.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2393/is_n2_v157/ai_15781097   (1237 words)

 Spanish politics - Politics of Spain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
At the end of the decade of 1970 the government from Spain suffered a transformation, from the authoritarian régime (1939-1975) of Francisco Franco to a parliamentary monarchy under the Constitution of 1978.
In 1977 the unicameral Cortes of Spain were replaced by a bicameral Parliament formed by a Congress of the Deputies, with 350 members, and a Senate, integrated by 259 members, of which 208 are chosen in provincial districts and the rest they are designated by the autonomous communities.
The two formations political majority Spaniards are the Popular Party (PP), a conservative party that, after absorbing the Christian democrats and the liberal, it passed to occupy the electoral space of the center-right, and the historical Party Socialist Spanish Worker (PSOE).
www.historia-es.com /usa/a_06_in.htm   (812 words)

 News from Spain: Politics in Spain
Even though the general opinion regarding the new legislation seems to be more or less favourable, the extent to which the law restricts smoking in all places of work, public places and restricts the right of newsagents and unlicensed shops to sell tobacco has inevitably been criticised by pro-smoking groups and trade unions.
The opposition members are expected to ask Elena Salgado, Spain's Health Minister, what measures the government plans to take against people who occupy positions of power within the public administration and continue to violate the new law by smoking while they work.
I thought that the effort by Zapetero was to maintain the nation of Spain in the face of what might be the effort by elements in the Catalan government to make serious divisions.
www.euroresidentes.com /Blogs/2006/01/politics-in-spain.htm   (699 words)

Spain, originally inhabited by Celts, Iberians, and Basques, became a part of the Roman Empire in 206 B.C., when it was conquered by Scipio Africanus.
Spain then sank rapidly to the status of a second-rate power under the rule of weak Hapsburg kings, and it never again played a major role in European politics.
Spain: evaluating the effects of macro policy using an econometric model.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0107987.html   (1524 words)

 Chapter 9: Praetorian Politics in Liberal Spain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thus, while the overall strength of the left was diminished by schism and repression in 1921 and 1922, the moral authority and political leverage of the parliamentary delegations was enhanced.
Accused in the liberal and left press of interference in civilian politics, they replied unblushingly that "the Fatherland ought to be grateful to the Juntas" for having rid it of bad government in the past.
Indeed, it was the political frailty of the cabinet that encouraged factionalism in the army.
libro.uca.edu /boyd/chapter9.htm   (11137 words)

 ipedia.com: Politics of Spain Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This article is part of the series Politics of Spain The Crown - Head of State The King / Queen King Juan Carlos I Cortes Generales - Legislative branch Congress of Deputies Senate Regional legislatur...
The 1978 constitution established Spain as a parliamentary monarchy, with the Prime Minister responsible to the bicameral Cortes elected every 4 years.
This statement is an oxymoron since Nationality and Nation mean the same political theory, but it was an agreement that stroke a balance between the political parties advocating the nation state and those advocating the plurinational state.
www.ipedia.com /politics_of_spain.html   (1801 words)

 Area Handbook Series/ Spain / Bibliography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Spaniards: A Portrait of the New Spain.
Spain in the Middle Ages: From Frontier to Empire, 1000-1500.
"Political Linguistics in Catalonia after Franco." (Paper presented to the American Political Science Association, New Orleans, August 21-September 1, 1985.) Lancaster, Thomas D. "Spanish Energy Policy under the Socialists: A Break with the Past?" (Paper presented to the Conference of Europeanists, Washington, October 18-20, 1985.) ------.
www.country-data.com /frd/cs/spain/es_bibl.html   (5991 words)

Continental Spain extends from the Pyrenees, which separate it from France, and from the Bay of Biscay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, southward to the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates it from Africa.
In the west, Spain borders on the Atlantic Ocean both north and south of its frontier with Portugal.
Morocco disputes Spain's possession of the enclaves and in 2002 briefly occupied an islet off Ceuta, sparking a bloodless confrontation with Spain.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/world/A0846153.html   (372 words)

 Online NewsHour: Terrorism & Politics in Spain -- March 16, 2004
RAY SUAREZ: It's been a time of tragedy and political turmoil in Spain, a terrorist attack followed by an election bringing in a new government, one that promises to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq.
RAY SUAREZ: The reaction outside of Spain to the prime minister designate's threat to remove the Spanish troops from Iraq has been very sharp and, Jose Gijon, some commentators have said that basically the terrorists have been able to set Spanish policy in this regard.
I think that the feeling in Spain is just that it was a clear message to send to the popular party in Spain saying that they didn't want to follow...
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/international/jan-june04/spain_03-16.html   (1603 words)

 POLITICS-EU: Spain's Suffering Strengthens Europe
The prime political fallout of the attacks could well be a more cohesively European strengthening of security relations with the United States.
Popular perceptions suggest on the one hand that Spain was picked, rather than France or Germany, because of its support to the United States.
The overwhelming view is expected to be a unifying rather than divisive: that whatever the political differences, a massacre of the innocent can never be accepted.
www.ipsnews.net /interna.asp?idnews=22815   (1166 words)

 Spain - POLITICS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The politicians who had played key roles in Spain's transition to democracy found that consolidating and administering this democracy was more difficult and less exhilarating than bringing it into being.
Suarez, who had been pivotal in the reform process, found his leadership undermined by internal factionalism within his party coalition, the Union of the Democratic Center (Union de Centro Democratico--UCD), as well as by his ineffectiveness in dealing with the country's growing economic difficulties and regional tensions.
Although compromise was essential, it resulted in the contradiction of earlier pronouncements and in the alienation of some elements of the political elites.
countrystudies.us /spain/81.htm   (193 words)

 Politics of Spain
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the historical, cultural, governmental, constitutional, and political dimensions of the Kingdom of Spain.
These include questions of democratic theory (Spain is a very young democracy), considerations of the place of constitutional monarchies in the modern world, and strategies for dealing with the problem of terrorism.
One of the reasons for this is that it is very difficult to find much information on Spain in English; however, the best site is www.spainpost.com a compilation of news on Spain from around the world, in both English and Spanish.
www.faculty.de.gcsu.edu /~hedmonds/syllabi/politics_of_spain.htm   (407 words)

It was dirty politics at its best - and the appeasing public (who BTW polls _also_ say was against supporting an invasion of Iraq 9 to 1) saw right through it.
Kerry insulted Spain when it was a member of the coalition against Saddam's brutal regime.
The Socialists made big political hay out of the attack, even to the point of breaking the election laws by organizing demonstrations on the day before the election.
www.pejmanesque.com /archives/006146.html   (1526 words)

 POLITICS-EUROPE: Spain Tilts the Power Balance
But the Spanish political turnabout has meant a political and diplomatic backslash for the right-wing Polish government of Prime Minister Leszek Miller.
Under Aznar, Spain and Poland were together in seeking a more substantial power share within the EU.
"Spain is going to work harmoniously together with France and Germany to approve the excellent draft constitution," he said.
www.ipsnews.net /interna.asp?idnews=22899   (1144 words)

 BBC NEWS | Politics | UK warns Spain on Gibraltar ships
The row is viewed by Gibraltar as part of the ongoing dispute between Britain and Spain over the sovereignty of the territory.
Officials claim the move is an attempt by Spain's new Socialist government to strangle the colony's economy.
London and Madrid came close to an agreement on joint sovereignty in 2002, but negotiations collapsed after an unofficial referendum of Gibraltar residents rejected the plan.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/low/uk_politics/3733995.stm   (318 words)

 News and Views May June 2004 - University of Bradford
European politics experts recently took part in a special roundtable at the University - to discuss terrorism and the elections in Spain.
Georgina Blakeley is Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Huddersfield and a well-established researcher on Spanish politics.
Roberto Espindola is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Bradford and Visiting Professor at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
www.brad.ac.uk /admin/pr/june2004/spain.php   (287 words)

 Terrorism and Politics in Spain - Press Release Bradford University
European politics experts will take part in at a special roundtable on Friday, 26 March, at the University of Bradford - to discuss terrorism and the elections in Spain.
Dr Blakeley is Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Huddersfield and a well-established researcher on Spanish politics.
Fabio GarcĂ­a is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science in the Complutense University, Madrid.
www.brad.ac.uk /admin/pr/pressreleases/2004/roundtable.php   (287 words)

 spiked-politics | Column | Spain: a victory for peace, or for defeatism?
People did not seem to be voting against Spain's support for the Iraq war as such; after all, that was not expected to prevent a comfortable PP victory just a week ago.
The Spanish elections quickly brought to the surface the political incoherence and confusion behind the public response.
But when the political message is mixed up with confused feelings of impotence, anxiety and defeatism, it may not be such a setback for the terrorists as some imagine.
www.spiked-online.com /Articles/0000000CA475.htm   (1297 words)

 SPAIN: The Politics of the Underground   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It would be difficult for it to be otherwise since the UN is an association of the property-owning states of world capital.
And, incidentally, these same rights, agreed in the declaration, are a dead letter in the majority of the countries of the western bloc and the so-called neutrals, as they are in all the states of the Eastern bloc.
Since however the article is a) informative and b) the considered assessment of a Spanish grouping on the political situation in Spain, they hope that its appearance in English will prove useful.
www.marxists.org /history/etol/revhist/supplem/munis.htm   (1338 words)

 BBC NEWS | Politics | Prescott praises Spain's spirit
The bombings in Madrid may have broken Spain's heart but they have not crushed its spirit, the deputy prime minister has told Labour delegates.
He drew a link between the bombings in Spain's capital and the terrorist attack eight years ago in Manchester, the city hosting this year's spring conference.
The Tories are stronger now than they were under Iain Duncan Smith, they've got a spring in their step.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/3510292.stm   (515 words)

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