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Challenges to Representative Democracy

A European Perspective

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Edited By Robert Wiszniowski

Using different perspectives and various approaches, this collection of diagnostic texts aims at presenting all the possible faces of the contemporary Nation-State. Based on political science methodology, this volume is devoted to both theory and practice. The structure of the book is unconventional. The issues presented are extremely contextual, subject to an ongoing discussion and mostly unpredictable. From the scientific point of view, the territorial differentiation in the traditional uniform of the Nation-State is simply reconfigured and reshaped due to the new logic of internal market competition.
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The Spanish way from authoritarianism to democracy

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Agnieszka Kasińska-Metryka

Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland

The Spanish way to democracy only appears to be the well-described phenomenon of leaving an undemocratic system behind. In fact, the current events in this Iberian Peninsula country generate new questions. This time, however, the questions are not focused around the issue of “whether democracy?” but “what democracy?” This shows the continuum of changes initiated in the 70s of the twentieth century.

Paradoxically enough, any analysis of the political situation in Spain might begin with the same words, i.e. España es diferente. This opinion, already expressed by the ancient Romans, is still valid. Spain is different because firstly there is the barrier of the Pyrenees that makes it more geographically isolated; secondly it is divided into municipalities which next form provinces, which make up the autonomous communities. This complicated history is not an echo of the past, but a part of the Spanish identity and an important determiner of the actions of successive governments (historical politics).

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