Democratic Quality in Southern Europe
France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain
370 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 , 49 b&w illustrations, 10 tables
Hardcover | 9780268207755 | May 2024
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268207786 | May 2024
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268207748 | May 2024
Fueled by new data from the Varieties of Democracy project, Democratic Quality in Southern Europe takes a close look at the democratic trajectories of France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain over the past fifty years.
Despite similar beginnings, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain have experienced significant variations in the way their democracies have evolved. Covering ground from the protest movements of the late ’60s and early ’70s to the challenges that resulted from the financial crisis of the Great Recession, editor Tiago Fernandes expertly draws together a collection of essays that look beyond the impact of socioeconomic development in these five countries, exploring innovative and nuanced explanations for their diverging paths.
Democratic Quality in Southern Europe combines new data with classical methodologies to create fresh, convincing hypotheses on the development, quality, and depth of democracy in this critical region.
Tiago Fernandes is associate professor of political science at the University Institute of Lisbon. He is head of the Varieties of Democracy Regional Center for Southern Europe and was a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies between 2009 and 2011. He most recently co-authored Memories and Movements: The Legacy of Democratic Transitions in Contemporary Anti-Austerity.
"Democratic Quality in Southern Europe makes a valuable and original contribution to scholarly thinking about the processes of democratization within the region, expertly drawing upon original data from the Varieties of Democracy project.” —Anthony M. Messina, co-author of Immigration, Security and the Liberal State