Las Dos Españas: Spanish political nationalism since the democratic transition Public Deposited

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  • Lapar, Adrianne J.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • This paper traces the evolution of Spanish political nationalism since the country's democratic transition. By examining the nationalist discourses of Spain's two main political parties, the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) and the Partido Popular (PP), this paper identifies historic trends, ideological and philosophical influences, and sources of division within each party. The author argues that each party's respective discourse has been shaped by four factors: historians' interpretations of Spain's national identity and past; political alignment on the Left or Right; whether the party belongs to the government or the opposition; and the degree of reliance on peripheral nationalist parties for electoral success. This paper contributes to the debate about the existence of Spanish political nationalism, as well as to the wider literature on nationalism and European politics.
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