Political Power in Spain

The Multiple Divides between MPs and Citizens

  • Xavier Coller
  • Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo
  • Fabiola Mota

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Xavier Coller, Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo, Fabiola Mota
    Pages 1-19
  3. Inmaculada Serrano, Sandra Bermúdez
    Pages 21-41
  4. Tània Verge, Amparo Novo, Isabel Diz, Marta Lois
    Pages 43-59
  5. Carol Galais
    Pages 61-81
  6. Xavier Coller, Guillermo Cordero, José M. Echavarren
    Pages 83-102
  7. Robert Liñeira, Jordi Muñoz
    Pages 103-119
  8. Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo, Gloria Martínez-Cousinou
    Pages 121-139
  9. Fabiola Mota
    Pages 141-162
  10. Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo, Edurne Bartolomé, Gloria Martínez-Cousinou
    Pages 163-181
  11. Xavier Coller, Guillermo Cordero, José M. Echavarren
    Pages 183-202
  12. Enric Martínez Herrera, Thomas Jeffrey Miley
    Pages 203-223
  13. Santiago Pérez-Nievas, Edurne Bartolomé
    Pages 265-285
  14. Juan A. Mayoral, Ana Carillo-López, Jean-Baptiste Harguindéguy
    Pages 287-304
  15. Xavier Coller, Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo, Fabiola Mota
    Pages 305-324
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 325-327

About this book


This book explores why some people become politicians, how they represent citizens in parliaments, and what they think about democracy and its institutions. It analyses the results of the first survey of a representative sample of Spanish MPs (580 cases) and citizens. The study covers areas such as: social profiles; recruitment and selection; women in parliaments; motivation for politics; perception of the representative function and how this is affected by corruption, disaffection and mistrust; national and regional identities; ideology; the functioning of parliamentary groups, and perceptions about the EU. The case of Spain is used to demonstrate how MPs' values, opinions and attitudes conflict and complement with those of the citizens they are supposed to represent. Through a systematic comparison between MPs and citizens, the contributions deal with topics that are key to understanding how democracies work and the role played by MPs. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Xavier Coller
    • 1
  • Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo
    • 2
  • Fabiola Mota
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyPablo de Olavide UniversitySevilleSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversity of MalagaMálagaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Political Science and IRAutonomous University of MadridMadridSpain

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