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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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(Re)making political institutions: a regional political class for itself

(Re)making political institutions: a regional political class for itself

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Towards a Regional Political Class?
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Klaus Stolz

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079795.003.0004

This chapter analyses the processes of institutionalisation and institutional reform in Catalonia and Scotland in order to identify and explain the capacity of regional politicians to act collectively in pursuit of their collective self-interest. It examines whether politicians have attempted to reform their institutions according to their own professional self-interest and how successful they have been in these attempts. The institutional analysis reveals that the collective action of regional politicians as a class for itself is related back to the institutional structure enabling and restricting their behaviour and to the established career patterns and to the internal structure of the political class in itself that are conditioning its territorial and functional cohesion.

Keywords:   institutionalisation, institutional reform, Catalonia, Scotland, regional politicians, collective self-interest, institutional analysis, career patterns, political class, territorial cohesion

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