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Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility
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Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility: A Comparison of Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Sonia Alonso


How do state parties react to the challenge of peripheral parties demanding political power to be devolved to their culturally distinct territories? Is devolution the best response to these demands? Why do governments implement devolution given the high risk that devolution will encourage peripheral parties to demand ever more devolved powers? The aim of this book is to answer these questions through a comparative analysis of devolution in four European countries: Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The book argues that electoral competition between state and peripheral parties push ... More

Keywords: devolution, peripheral parties, state parties, electoral party competition, electoral strategies, centre–periphery conflict, Belgium, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonia Alonso, author
Senior Research Fellow, Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB)