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Why Minority Governments Work

Multilevel Territorial Politics in Spain

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Bonnie N. Field
      Pages 1-13
  3. The Theoretical and Contextual Terrain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Bonnie N. Field
      Pages 33-46
  4. Why Spain’s Minority Governments Work

  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-261

About this book


This book is an examination of minority government performance in conjunction with the territorial distribution of state power and the territorial interests of political parties. It examines political institutions, and the reconcilability of party goals and the contingent bargaining circumstances, in multilevel and territorial perspectives.


Parliamentary regimes parliamentary government minority governments coalitions multilevel states territorial politics decentralization federalism regionalism political parties legislative politics political institutions comparative politics Europe Spain regional parties government Institution parliament Policy Political Parties politics work

About the authors

Bonnie N. Field (PhD Political Science) is Associate Professor in the Global Studies Department at Bentley University, USA. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, USA, Visiting Researcher at the University of Barcelona, Spain, Faculty Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, USA, and Fulbright Senior Researcher in Spain. Her publications focus on political parties and institutions in Europe and Latin America.

Bibliographic information


“The author makes a very significant documentation effort through personal interviews with the politicians of each period. … this book clearly advances our understanding of how well minority parliamentary governments can govern, how they build parliamentary majorities and, most importantly, why some perform better than others. … This is an important book for those interested in minority governments and coalition politics, and for readers keen on Spanish politics in particular.” (Sergi Ferrer, International Journal of Iberian Studies, Vol. 31 (2), 2018)