Title

Two Transitions: Democratisation and the Evolution of the Spanish Socialist Left

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1985

Publication Title

West European Politics

Department

Politics and Government

Abstract

This article examines the factors which contributed to the rapid social democratisation of the Spanish Socialist Party after its 1976 Congress. Three major factors are stressed: the structural weakness of the Party; the electoral popularity of a moderate strategy; and the pressures inherent in the nature of the transition from Franquist authoritarianism to parliamentary democracy. Finally, a brief assessment is made of the internal party strains caused by this strategy, as well as of the advantages and drawbacks to the Party of its social democratisation.

ISSN

0140-2382