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'It's politics, stupid!’: the Spanish General Election of 2004

Blakeley, Georgina (2006). 'It's politics, stupid!’: the Spanish General Election of 2004. Parliamentary Affairs, 59(2) pp. 331–349.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsl001
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Abstract

From the introduction: THE Spanish general election of 14 March 2004, which took place only three days after the Madrid bombings on the 11 March, produced a change of government that opinion surveys had not predicted. It is easy to assume, therefore, that the change of government from the right-wing Popular Party (PP), which had governed Spain for the previous eight years, to the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) was a direct result of the terrorist bombings which left 192 dead and over 1,500 injured. While the terrorist bombings undoubtedly influenced the general election, this article argues that a more detailed reading of the last four years of the Spanish political context shows that the change of government was not simply a result of the ‘four days that changed Spain’.2 The Madrid bombings acted as a catalyst for change, but the desire for change had built up gradually, following the PP’s second ...

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0031-2290
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 3337
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/3337
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