THE SPANISH POLITICAL SYSTEM
HOW IT AROSE AND HOW IT WORKS
‘Expats’ living in Spain are usually interested in Spanish politics but, for many, the system can be difficult to understand. Language difficulties are not the only barriers to comprehension: indeed, it is the fact that the political systems in Spain are so very different from those that of our ‘home’ countries that causes the most significant confusion.
This presentation shows how the present democratic system arose and formed following the death of Franco. It will cover the administrative set-up of the Houses of Parliament, Autonomous Regions and local government. Furthermore, it explores the mysteries of proportional representation and, as far as is possible, attempt to explain why Spain has such difficulties in forming a sustainable government after a general election.
The presentation continues to include a discussion of the various established and emerging political parties in Spain, their stances and where they fit into the political spectrum. This will include consideration of the regional nationalists (particularly the Catalans) and the effect that their independence movement has had on Spanish national politics.
Francis Jacobson: Francis has lived in Spain and followed Spanish politics for over 30 years. He has no personal involvement in any one party and will try to deal with this potentially controversial subject from as neutral a viewpoint as possible – and hopes participants will adopt a similar non-partisan spirit.