Accessing the Institutions: The Road to the Socialist-Green Alliance in Spain

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Abstract

This article traces the strategic re-orientation of the Spanish Greens (Los Verdes) from a position of hostility toward the Socialists (PSOE) to one of collaboration that allowed them to gain parliamentary representation in the 2004 national and European elections. Drawing upon insights from the party politics literature, it schematizes a model and then proceeds to use it to provide a diachronic account of factionalist conflict within the ranks of the Greens and their close competitors, the structure of political opportunities, exogenous factors and their interrelationship, up to the point of the electoral agreement between the two parties. In concludes by highlighting the role played by the Madrid bombings in bringing the PSOE back into power and offers some projections about the future institutional access of the Greens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-437
Number of pages19
JournalMediterranean Politics
Volume13
Issue number3
Early online date31 Oct 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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