MPs Representing Nationalist and Regionalist Parties

  • Santiago Pérez-Nievas
  • Edurne Bartolomé


Since the 1977 elections, from five to nine nationalist and regionalist parties have occupied between 7% and 11% of seats in parliament. This chapter focuses on the description of the main characteristics and visions of MPs of those parties and the sources of the differences among them. It looks first at the organization and conception of representation. Second, it focuses on the positions of these parties in the center-periphery axis based on three dimensions, namely, cultural, institutional and fiscal. Nationalist and regionalist parties are characterized by the greater importance of grass-roots members in the selection of candidates and by a greater propensity to factionalism than national parties. Linguistic mobilization by these parties can depend on the characteristics of the regional language in relation to the majority language. In the institutional and fiscal dimensions, surprisingly homogeneous positions exist between the representatives of these parties.


Regional parties Nationalist parties Linguistic mobilization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Santiago Pérez-Nievas
    • 1
  • Edurne Bartolomé
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Universidad de DeustoBilbaoSpain

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