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New article in Publius: The Journal of Federalism

This article demonstrates that regional branches of national parties do not limit regional election campaigns to regional issues. On the contrary, they nationalize regional elections (i.e., emphasize national-level issues in regional campaigns) as an electoral strategy to win votes. We find that parties nationalize regional elections under two situations: when the national co-partisans are in office enjoying high levels of popularity or when the national co-partisans are in opposition and the nationally governing party is unpopular.

Cabeza, L., S. Alonso and B. Gómez (2017) "How National Parties Nationalize Regional Elections: The Case of Spain", Publius: The Journal of Federalism 47(1), 77-98

New article in Party Politics

The last Special Issue of Party Politics, edited by Anwen Elias, Edina Szöcsik and Christina Zuber, includes our article "Parties' electoral strategies in a two-dimensional political space: Evidence from Spain and Great Britain".

Alonso, S., L. Cabeza and B. Gómez (2015) “Parties’ electoral strategies in a two-dimensional political space. Evidence from Spain and Great Britain”, Party Politics 21(6), 851-865

Two new chapters

We have recently published two chapters (in Spanish and Catalan) in the following collective books:

Braulio Gómez, Laura Cabeza and Sonia Alonso (2014): “Los partidos estatales ante el laberinto autonómico” in Francesc Pallarés (ed.) Elecciones autonómicas 2009-2012. Madrid: CIS, 75-109.

Braulio Gómez and Laura Cabeza (2015): “Els programes electorals en les eleccions catalanes del 25 de noviembre del 2012” in Carles Pont Sorribes and Arantxa Capdevila Gómez (ed.) Del carrer a les urnes: el dret a decidir, en campanya. Barcelona: Documenta Universitaria, 71-96.

New article in Comparative European Politics

Our main objective in this article is to disentangle the diverse components of peripheral parties’ ‘issue packages’ and to show the different ways in which a peripheral party can present its nationalist credentials according to the strategic needs imposed by each particular context. Against one stream of literature that sees peripheral parties as single-issue or niche parties, we use manifesto data to demonstrate that peripheral parties do not limit their issue appeal to just one dimension of competition. On the contrary, they have a highly diversified issue portfolio. For our analysis, we use the Regional Manifestos Project data on peripheral parties’ manifestos in Spain and the United Kingdom (Convergence and Union, Catalonian Republican Left, Basque Nationalist Party, EH-Bildu, Galician Nationalist Block, Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru) in 2011–12.

Sonia Alonso, Laura Cabeza and Braulio Gómez (2015): “Disentangling peripheral parties’ issue packages in subnational elections”, Comparative European Politics, doi:10.1057/cep.2015.15.

New publication

We have collaborated with a chapter about Spain in the book Regional and National Elections in Western Europe. Edited by Régis Dandoy and Arjan Schakel, this book brings together leading experts on elections who analyze differences between regional and national electoral outcomes in thirteen West European countries between 1945 and 2011.

Braulio Gómez and Laura Cabeza (2013): “Spain: The persistence of Territorial Cleavages and Centralism of the Popular Party” in Regis Dandoy and Arjan H. Shakel (eds.) Regional and National Elections in Western Europe. Basingstoke/Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 196-215

New publications

Two electoral reports about the latest Basque and Andalusian Elections have been published. We use the RMP data in both of them.

"Basque Regional Elections 2012: The Return of Nationalism under under the Influence of the Economic Crisis" (2013). Braulio Gómez y Laura Cabeza. Regional & Federal Studies.

"Double Punishment for Regional and National Incumbents: The March 2012 Regional Election in Andalusia" (2012). Braulio Gómez, Laura Cabeza e Irene Palacios. South European Society & Politics.

New Dataset update!!!

We have updated the dataset to include the last Galician parliamentary election (21 October 2012), as well as some of the Spanish manifestos from different regions of the 2003-2007 period. You can download the dataset by clicking here.

Citizens’ perception of party ideology

With recent data from the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) we have made a graph on how citizens place the Spanish political parties on the right-left scale. Differences by region are striking. Have a look here.

The lenght of electoral manifestos

In our latest post published by Agenda Pública we wonder why political parties write such long electoral manifestos. Read it here.

Debate on the State of the Nation in Spain

We have analized the speeches of the parlamientary debate on the State of the Nation held on february. Click here to see the different parties' priorities on a graph.

New article in Regional & Federal Studies Journal

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We propose a methodology for measuring political parties' centre–periphery preferences and positions. The proposal is based on an extension of the Manifesto Project's methodology that allows us to analyse manifestos in multi-level settings (i.e. manifestos written for sub- and supra-state electoral arenas). This adaptation requires extending the Manifesto classification scheme to include territorial preferences together with policy preferences specific to each electoral level. It has two major objectives: on the one hand, it allows us to apply content analysis to manifestos written for all possible electoral levels; on the other, it measures parties' centre–periphery preferences beyond the widely used and uninformative categories of ‘centralization/decentralization’ and ‘nationalism’. We have applied our methodology to Spanish state-level and regional-level manifestos between 2009 and 2012 with encouraging results.

Sonia Alonso , Braulio Gómez & Laura Cabeza (2013): "Measuring Centre–Periphery Preferences: The Regional Manifestos Project", Regional & Federal Studies.

Dataset update!!!

The manifestos of the last Basque elections (21 October 2012) and Catalan elections (25 November 2012) have been added to the dataset. The parties included are PP, PSOE, IU, PNV and Bildu, for the Basque elections, and  PP, PSC, CiU, ICV-EUiA, ERC, Ciutadans and CUP, for the Catalan elections. You can download the data by clicking here: dataset download.

Recent publications:

"Content-analyzing Political Texts. A Quantitative Approach" (2012). Sonia Alonso, Andrea Volkens y Braulio Gómez. Cuadernos Metodológicos 47. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS).

"Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility. A Comparison of Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom" (2012). Sonia Alonso. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Regional elections in Catalonia 25N

Latest post in our blog on the regional elections in Catalonia. We have uploaded a comparative table that shows what saliency manifestos give to different policy fields and issues. Many parties to choose from... and they are not all the same. You can see it here.

Regional elections in Catalonia 25N

As we did before during the Basque regional elections, we have followed the Catalan regional elections in our blog through a detailed analysis of the content of the competing parties' manifestos. Our first post on the Catalan elections compares CiU's manifestos in 2010 and 2012. Would you like to know whether there are relevant positional changes in this two-year period? Visit our blog clicking here.