The Survival of Spanish Provincial Governments in a Quasi-Federal Polity: Reframing the Debate

Jean Baptiste Harguindéguy*, Alistair Mark Cole

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    Abstract

    Despite harsh criticisms, Spanish provincial governments (diputaciones) have survived for 200 years and have remained practically unchanged since the Transition. The survival of diputaciones in a proto-regional state is clearly a paradox that requires consideration of a range of potential explanations. Drawing upon extensive empirical investigation within and around three provincial governments in 2013–2014 (Seville, Barcelona, and Valencia), the survival of the diputaciones is illuminated by the path dependency and functional arguments, but it is most convincingly explained in terms of cartel (party) politics. The impact of the 2008 economic crisis has stretched these “party bargains” to breaking point.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)226-239
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
    Volume40
    Issue number3
    Early online date30 Mar 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2017

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Public Administration

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Devolution
    • local government
    • regional politics
    • Spain

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