The “Politics of the Past” in Southern European Democracies
In recent years the agenda of how to ‘deal with the past’ has become a central dimension of the quality of contemporary democracies. Many years after the process of authoritarian breakdown, consolidated democracies revisit the past either symbolically or to punish the elites associated with the...
Published September 21st 2011 by Routledge
A Diachronic Perspective
Euroscepticism has emerged as a growing constraint on European integration, starting with the Maastricht Treaty in the early 1990s, continuing with the mid-2000s constitutional debacle and intensifying with the eurozone crisis – a crisis in which Southern Europe has played a key role. But is...
Published October 5th 2011 by Routledge
A Contested Nature?
Italy’s foreign policy has often been dismissed for punching below its weight, for being too idiosyncratic and inconsistent. This book offers new insights into the position attained by Italy in the contemporary world. It explores how the country has sought to take advantage of the passage from a...
To Be Published June 29th 2013 by Routledge
Assessing Twenty-Five Years of Integration Experience
In 2010, 25 years will have elapsed since Portugal signed the Accession Treaty which allowed it to become a full-fledged member of the then European Community. The volume elicits how Portugal has grasped opportunities and challenges emanating from its participation in the institutional, regulatory...
To Be Published September 29th 2013 by Routledge
Labor Unions in Spain
As unions in most other industrialized democracies continue to decline, unions in Spain have been able to regain and maintain strength despite unfavorable institutional, political, and economic conditions. The Politics of Industrial Relations provides a comprehensive analysis of Spanish unions from...
Published July 26th 2011 by Routledge
The Socialist Government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Few would have imagined the developments and the extent of reforms that occurred under Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero between 2004 and 2008. Under Zapatero, Spain rapidly withdrew Spanish troops from Iraq, held a very public political debate on the Spanish Civil War and the...
Published November 27th 2011 by Routledge
Flexible Regional Cooperation or Fragmentation
The tension between the aim of creating sustainable multilateral region-building dynamics and the need to find more differentiated and flexible forms of cooperation has been ever-present in Euro-Mediterranean relations. The proliferation of different and partially overlapping initiatives in recent...
Published May 31st 2012 by Routledge
This is the first comprehensive analysis of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), launched in 2008 amid great controversy within the European Union. Affected from the start by negative fallout from the failure of Middle East peace initiatives, its inadequacies have been underlined by the popular...
Published December 12th 2011 by Routledge