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The Spanish Socialist Party and the modernisation of Spain$
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Paul Kennedy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074134

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074134.001.0001

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Zapatismo: Progressive Ideology in a Post-Soeial Democratic World?

Zapatismo: Progressive Ideology in a Post-Soeial Democratic World?

(p.166) 8 Zapatismo: Progressive Ideology in a Post-Soeial Democratic World?
The Spanish Socialist Party and the modernisation of Spain

Paul Kennedy

Manchester University Press

Chapter 8 analyses the question of whether the PSOE's period in office under Rodríguez Zapatero can be characterised by a distinctive ideology. Given the constraints on political parties in the contemporary era with respect to economic policy – and most particularly, for our purposes, the constraints on social democratic parties – political parties have looked beyond the economic field in order to differentiate themselves from their political opponents. The chapter examines the degree to which ideology was employed to differentiate the PSOE under Rodríguez Zapatero from the party under González. The chapter also considers the theoretical and philosophical influences claimed by Rodríguez Zapatero and includes coverage of policy in the following areas: the protection and extension of civil and gender rights, including the Dependency Law; historical memory; and constitutional affairs, including reform of regional autonomy statutes.

Keywords:   Ideology, Philip Pettit, Civil rights, Gender rights, Dependency Law, Historical memory, Autonomy statute reform

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