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Making Democracy in Spain : Grass-Roots Struggle in the South, 1955-1975 - Joe Foweraker

Making Democracy in Spain

Grass-Roots Struggle in the South, 1955-1975

Hardcover Published: 23rd March 2015
ISBN: 9780521354066
Number Of Pages: 302

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This book explores the making of democracy in Spain during the twenty long years before the death of Franco. The author seeks out the beginnings of democratic struggle at the grassroots of civil society, recounting the story of the countless unsung heroes who prepared the political terrain of this transition. The story suggests that it was social needs and economic demands that spawned individual discontent and political dissent, but that the struggle itself required continual political organization and calculation. The author explores the personal networks and political strategies that sustained the struggle, and reveals that their contribution to the making of democracy was often contradictory and always piecemeal. By continually connecting grassroots political activity at the local level to the national trajectory of organized democratic struggle, the author demonstrates in detail the popular contribution to democratic process in Franco's Spain.

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"...Professor Joe Foweraker takes an interesting and insightful, yet controversial, look at how events and events at the grassroots of society helped lay the foundation for democracy." Thomas D. Lancaster, Bulletin of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Introduction: personal networks, political strategies and the making of democracy
Personal Networks, Political Traditions and State Policies
Unquiet hearts: the primitive world of the first political men
The burden of hopes and hatreds: ideological traditions in clandestine circumstance
Oligarchic unity and working-class divisions: a political economy of El Marco de Jerez
Political clans and capitalist planning: a political economy of Francoism
Syndical Practices, Social Struggles and Political Protests
The vertical syndicate: the mainstay of Franco's corporatist strategy
The workers' commissions: the national picture compared with the movement in El Marco de Jerez
Wage contracts, labour conflicts and political protests: the syndical practices of the labour movement
Political Practices, Repression and Strategic Responses
The revolutionary paradox: the changing political line of the Spanish Communist Party
A place in the struggle: personal networks and political practices in El Marco de Jerez
The other side of darkness: the repressive practices of the Franco regime
Contingent connections: the relationship between the workers' commissions and the Spanish Communist Party
Fighting with two faces: the strategic combination of legal and clandestine spaces
Political Strategies and the Democratic Project
Democratic transformation and the transition to democracy: the political project of the labour movement, 1955-1985
Corporatist strategies and the transition to democracy: the institutional terrain of the struggle
Personal networks and political strategies: Spanish civil society in the struggle for democracy
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ISBN: 9780521354066
ISBN-10: 0521354064
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 23rd March 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54