West European Politics has covered politics, government and public policy in Spain and Portugal since its inception. Its very first issue contained an article by Kenneth Medhurst on “The Military and the Prospects for Spanish Democracy” (WEP, 1978, Volume 1, Issue 1), soon to be followed by pieces by the young Paul Preston on “The Spanish Constitutional Referendum of 6 December 1978” (WEP, 1979, Volume 2, Issue 2) and Tom Gallagher on “Portugal’s Bid for Democracy: The Role of the Socialist Party” (WEP, 1979, Volume 2, Issue 2).
Since then, dozens of articles and election reports published in WEP have charted the democratic maturation of the two countries; their integration into the European Union; and the long-term impact of the financial crisis on the Spanish and Portuguese political systems. The present collection contains a selection of articles and election reports that have appeared in recent years. They provide fascinating comparative insights into the commonalities and differences in the politics, government and public policy of Spain and Portugal.
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About the journal
West European Politics (WEP) has established itself as one of the most authoritative journals covering politics, government and public policy in Western Europe. Its comprehensive scope, embracing the major political developments, including the European Union, and its coverage of all national elections in Western Europe, make it essential reading for both academics and practitioners. The journal normally publishes at least two special issues per volume.