Political Leadership in the Spanish Transition to Democracy (1975-1982)


José Francisco Jiménez Díaz (Editor)
Pablo de Olavide University, Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law (Area of Political Science and Public Administration), Seville, Spain

Santiago Delgado Fernández (Editor)
Universidad de Granada, Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Granada, Spain

Series: Political Leaders and Their Assessment
BISAC: POL057000

A key idea in the study of democratic transitions is the notion that political actors play a pivotal role in initiating, controlling and shaping the changes that lead to democracy. Based on this premise, this book aims to offer an in-depth study of a series of political leaders that played a significant role in the Spanish democratic transition (1975-1982). This book opens with an introduction providing the historical, political and theoretical context for the study of the political leaders of the Spanish transition to democracy.

The authors then offer in the first half of the book a study of the central and/or innovative leaders of the political transformation, i.e. Torcuato Fernández-Miranda, Adolfo Suárez González, Felipe González Márquez, Manuel Fraga Iribarne and Santiago Carrillo Solares. The second half of the book analyzes the leadership roles of Fernando Abril Martorell, Francisco Fernández Ordóñez, Alfonso Guerra González, Jordi Pujol i Soley and Xabier Arzalluz Antia. Taken together, these ten leaders represented the main options in the political spectrum of the Spanish transition. Despite numerous studies devoted to the Spanish transition, little attention has been paid to it. This book aims to reconsider these ideas in an effort to improve upon our knowledge of political leadership during a crucial time in recent Spanish history.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1
Introduction: the Study of Political Leadership in the Spanish Transition (1975-1982)
(José Francisco Jiménez-Díaz and Santiago Delgado-Fernández, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain; and Universidad de Granada, Spain)

Part I: The Central and Innovative Political Leaders in the Spanish Transition to Democracy

Chapter 2
Torcuato Fernández-Miranda
(Julio Ponce-Alberca, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain)

Chapter 3
Adolfo Suárez González
(José Francisco Jiménez-Díaz, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain)

Chapter 4
Felipe González Márquez
(Manuela Ortega-Ruiz, Universidad de Jaén, Spain)

Chapter 5
Santiago Carrillo Solares
(Antonio Robles-Egea, Universidad de Granada, Spain)

Chapter 6
Manuel Fraga Iribarne
(Lourdes López-Nieto, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, Spain)

Part II: The Political Chorus of Innovative Leaders in the Spanish Transition to Democracy

Chapter 7
Fernando Abril Martorell
(Carlos Sánchez-Fernández, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain)

Chapter 8
Francisco Fernández Ordóñez
(Santiago Delgado-Fernández, Universidad de Granada, Spain)

Chapter 9
Alfonso Guerra González
(Belén Blázquez-Vilaplana, Universidad de Jaén, Spain)

Chapter 10
Jordi Pujol i Soley
(Francisco Collado-Campaña, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain)

Chapter 11
Xabier Arzalluz Antia
(Francisco José Llera-Ramo and Rafael Leonisio-Calvo, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain)

About the Editors and Contributors


The volume would be of interest for Anthropologists, Communicators, Journalists, Political Scientists, Publicists, Economists, Psychologists and Sociologist. Moreover, you could contact to all those people someway involved in Spanish political leadership, Spanish political parties and transition to democracy and their challenges in the Spanish society and other societies involved in political changes.

“This book written by some of the best Spanish scholars on leadership is the first one covering systematically -and successfully- one of the more significant topics regarding the return to democracy in Spain.” -Miguel Jerez-Mir, Professor of Political Science, Universidad de Granada, Spain and former Prince of Asturias Chair at Georgetown University

“The transition to democracy in Spain was, as Linz said, a ‘negotiated reform-negotiated break’ and, consequently, political leaders played a key role. In this regard, a study of the Spanish transition about the role of leaders is a necessary and definitive approach for the most serious and profound understanding of a transformation that has had so many consequences for the Spanish democracy.” – Leonardo Morlino, Professor of Political Science, Libera Universitá Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Guido Carli, Rome, Italy. First Italian President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)

“The authors give a new and suggestive interpretation of the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-82) based on a comparative analysis of their main leaders personal and political profiles.” – Josep Maria Vallès is Professor of Political Science and former Rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. First Dean (1985-1990) of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

“The study of political leadership encompasses many contextual and structural factors-and it requires careful analysis of individual leaders who help shape and are shaped by those factors. With this significant new book, Professors Jiménez-Díaz and Delgado-Fernández make a valuable and necessary contribution to comprehending Spain’s transition to democracy (1975-82). They have assembled a collection of important analytical and narrative chapters that will allow readers to understand the political leaders whose strategies and decisions were vital in the Transition. These studies of political leaders should be read by all who want to comprehend the lives of many who shaped a modern democratic Spain.” – Douglas A. Hicks is Professor in the religion department and Senior Advisor for Academic Initiatives at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, USA“A book that makes a difference due to their inclusive and suggestive perspective for studying the political leaders who guided the Spanish transition to democracy.” – Antonio Natera-Peral is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

<a href=”https://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/recp/article/view/51693/32354″ target=”_blank”>Spanish Journal of Political Science – Francisco J. Luque, University of Granada, Spain

<a href=”http://institucional.us.es/revistas/anduli/15/13_R.pdf” target=”_blank”>Anduli – Revista Andaluza de Ciencias Sociales – Fátima Recuero López, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain

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