INAF-391 From Crisis to Democracy--Contemporary Spain
This course is an introduction to the study of Contemporary Spanish Politics and Government, particularly during the second half of the 20th century and now. After a general overview covering the main steps of Spanish politics from the inauguration of modern constitutionalism at the beginning of the 19th century until the Civil War (1936-39), the course will be focused on the present political system and its closer antecedent: Franco's regime, its crisis and the process of restoration of democracy in Spain. The present institutions, political and economic actors--both in their structure and behavior--and the policy process as well, will be examined in the context of the Spanish culture. The syllabus includes more specifically the topics to be covered, with tentative required readings, and other suggested complementary readings. Regarding the present political system some of the main topics are: the institutional framework, the Estado de las Autonom?as, political parties and interest groups, the policy process and Spanish foreign policy. Some of the more relevant political processes during roughly the last quarter of the century-elections, military reforms, Church-State relationships, and foreign policy- are summarized, and a definition of the old and new political problems for the present century is provided.
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