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Towards a Regional Political Class?Professional Politicians and Regional Institutions in Catalonia and Scotland$
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Klaus Stolz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079795

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079795.001.0001

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The quest for a regional political class

The quest for a regional political class

(p.1) 1 The quest for a regional political class
Towards a Regional Political Class?

Klaus Stolz

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the objective of this volume, which is to investigate how regional political institutions affect professional political careers in Scotland and Catalonia, and how, in turn, the professional self-interest of these politicians is influencing the institutionalisation of regional politics. This volume uses case-study approaches to trace the emergence of a regional political class in Catalonia and in Scotland. This chapter suggests that political professionalisation and regionalisation are delineated as two macro-processes of functional and territorial differentiation closely related to democratisation and state modernisation. It also introduces the concept of political class as a major analytical tool to break the analysis down to the micro-level.

Keywords:   political careers, political institutions, Scotland, Catalonia, regional politics, political class, political professionalisation, political regionalisation, functional differentiation, territorial differentiation

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