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Towards a Regional Political Class?: Professional Politicians and Regional Institutions in Catalonia and Scotland

Hardcover - 08 June 2010
Stolz, Klaus (Author)
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Focusing on professional politicians, Klaus Stolz investigates the interrelationship between political career patterns and political institutions in two of the most widely discussed cases of regionalism: Catalonia and Scotland. The study deals with two different yet closely related sets of questions: Firstly, how do professional politicians pursue their careers in the regional context. Secondly, how do they shape and reshape the political institutions in which they pursue these careers. The book is based on extensive empirical research including in-depth interviews of a wide range of politicians and experts in both regions. Exploring the effects of political professionalisation on regional democracy, Stolz goes beyond traditional studies of regionalism and decentralization, while his focus on the regional career arena introduces a much needed territorial dimension to the study of political careers. Rich original data, innovative theoretical concepts and a strictly comparative approach are the basis for a study that considerably deepens and enhances our understanding of the tremendous political changes both Catalonia and Scotland are undergoing. The book will be of interest to scholars concerned with devolution in the UK, the Spanish autonomous communities and regional politics and regionalisation in general. Its theoretical focus makes it highly relevant for scholars working on political careers, political professionalisation and democratic theory.

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