Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility
A Comparison of Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom

 

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Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility
A Comparison of Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom

by Sonia Alonso (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780199691579

 

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Why do national governments implement devolution given the high risk that it will encourage peripheral parties to demand ever more devolved powers? The aim of Challenging the State is to answer this question through a comparative analysis of devolution in four European countries: Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.



The price that state parties pay for making their electoral tactics credible is the 'entrenchment' of the devolution programmatic agenda in the electoral arena. The final implication of this argument is that in democratic systems devolution is not a decision to protect the state from the secessionist threat. It is, instead, a decision by state parties to protect their needed electoral majorities. Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: www.ecprnet.eu. The Comparative Politics series is edited by Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia, and Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Institute of Political Science, Philipps University, Marburg.


 

ISBN 199691576
ISBN13 9780199691579
Publisher Oxford University Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 26/04/2012
Pages 278
Weight (grammes) 592
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 254
Width (mm) 165

1. The Centre-Periphery Conflict and Two Paradoxes
2. Centre-periphery Party Competition
3. Political Devolution and Credibility Constraints
4. Parties and Voters in Two Dimensions: A First Examination of the Landscape
5. The Emergence of the Peripheral Party Threat
6. Devolution: Making Electoral Moves Credible
7. State Parties' Electoral Strategies after Devolution
8. Peripheral Parties' Electoral Strategies after Devolution
9. Conclusions