Regionalist parties in Spain: Quantifying the weight of socioeconomic and territorial issues in their regional manifestos

GT 4.9 Las Bases Electorales de los Partidos Nacionalistas en las Comunidades Autónomas Españolas

Braulio Gomez Fortes
Laura Cabeza Pérez (University of Cologne - SOCLIFE Research Training Group)
Sonia Alonso Sáenz de Oger (Universidad de Belin)
Sesión 2
Día: miércoles,15 de julio de 2015
Hora: 11:45 a 14:15
Lugar: Aula 11

This paper addresses the comparative analysis of the programmatic proposals of regionalist parties in sub-state elections. Specifically, it raises two questions: (1) What is the relative weight given to the left-right and the centre-periphery dimensions? (2) How does the emphasis each party places on identitarian and competential issues vary within their packages of pro-periphery proposals? Our primary aim in this paper is to analize how regionalist parties make strategic use of the two main cleaveges of political competition, the ideological and the territorial one, according to the political, social and economic regional context. The empirical evidence comes from quantitative analysis of the election manifestos of all Spanish regionalist parties represented in regional parliament between 2011 to 2012. In particular, our data comes from the Regional Manifestos Project (RMP) (Alonso et al., 2013). RMP’s methodology is an adaptation of MARPOR’s content-analysis methodology to multi-level politics.

Palabras clave: elecciones regionales, nacionalismo, programas electorales, competición política