Anna Palau

Anna Palau
University of Barcelona | UB · Department of Political Science

Political Science

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Opposition responsibility is a neglected field, and if at all noticed, opposition parties are often placed in the irresponsibility frame. The purpose of our paper is to examine to what extent, under which conditions, and in which ways opposition parties can be considered to act responsibly. This article will develop the concept of opposition respon...
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This article first outlines the conditions in which the media could contribute to creating and maintaining an atmosphere that discourages corruption practices. Second, based on the content analysis of 4361 online news articles, it demonstrates that these conditions are not present in the media coverage of corruption in Spain. The Spanish media do n...
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This article first outlines the conditions in which the media could contribute to creating and maintaining an atmosphere that discourages corruption practices. Second, based on the content analysis of 4361 online news articles, it demonstrates that these conditions are not present in the media coverage of corruption in Spain. The Spanish media do n...
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This paper introduces the Comparative Agendas Project system of coding as well as a wealth of gathered and in process data from Latin America using this established and reliable system for capturing policy attention comparatively and over time. While this is not the first introduction of the coding system, it is the first introduction aimed at Lati...
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This paper introduces the Comparative Agendas Project system of coding as well as a wealth of gathered and in process data from Latin America using this established and reliable system for capturing policy attention comparatively and over time. While this is not the first introduction of the coding system, it is the first introduction aimed at Lati...
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This article explores to what extent the euro crisis brought about unprecedented attention to the European Union (EU) and if so with what consequences on the media visibility of different political actors in Spain. Drawing on a database of more than 27,000 stories published in the most read Spanish newspaper from 2004 to 2012, we demonstrate that f...
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Recent research demonstrates that the salience of EU affairs in domestic parliaments is mainly driven by government parties. This has been interpreted as illustrating the so-called opposition deficit thesis and mainly explained considering governments’ informational advantages and reporting duties. Drawing on a dataset on oral questions introduced...
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The main goal of the Policy Agendas Project in Spain is to promote a comprehensive theoretical and empirical understanding of agenda dynamics across time, issues, and levels of governance. The project establishes a link between policy dynamics research and other areas of concern within political science, mainly media studies, political representati...
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This chapter adds to the growing literature on the Europeanization of national parliaments by looking at how and to what extent members of parliament (MPs) use parliamentary questions (PQs) on EU-related affairs. Relying on a comparison of three EU member states (France, Spain, and the Netherlands) and Switzerland, we analyze the Europeanization of...
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Este trabajo analiza el impacto de la integración europea a nivel regional explorando cómo ha transformado la actividad política en Cataluña. A partir del estudio del contenido europeo de las políticas del Govern y de la actividad parlamentaria de los partidos catalanes, tanto en la arena autonómica como en la arena estatal, el objetivo es determin...
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This chapter analyzes opposition parties’ parliamentary behaviour in Spain from 1996 to 2015. Contrary to other countries, parties with low chances to govern behave responsible and are not more focused on control activities than mainstream parties. This is mainly explained by institutional factors, and more specifically variations in the type of go...
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This article argues that external factors of EU coverage in the media need to be reassessed against domestic factors, in particular how parties modulate media attention to EU affairs. We explain which parties may set the EU on the media agenda, and how parties interact with events depending on the level of conflict over EU issues. Drawing on the fi...
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A growing body of work has examined the relationship between media and politics from an agenda-setting perspective: Is attention for issues initiated by political elites with the media following suit, or is the reverse relation stronger? A long series of single-country studies has suggested a number of general agenda-setting patterns but these have...
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Spanish politics has evolved from a consensual democracy with a focus on consolidating democratic rule to one where political parties increasingly polarize around ideologically rigid positions of Left and Right. No government seems able to resolve fundamental social conflicts relating to economic growth, relations with the regions, the EU, and the...
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Government–opposition relations in Spain have been long characterised by a high level of consensus and cooperation. The question analysed here is whether the economic crisis initiated in 2008 has created unprecedented levels of conflict in the political system or whether opposition parties have maintained a cooperative strategy oriented to influenc...
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Contrary to the process of delegation of power downwards toward the regions, the transfer of political autonomy upwards toward EU institutions has not generated intense or highly politicized debate in Spain. Indeed, one of the main characteristics of the Spanish case is that party conflict over European integration and extreme euroskeptical parties...
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In this book, we explain how and why policy issues get onto the political agenda. We make both theoretical and empirical contributions to the analysis of policy dynamics and provide a new set of tools for qualitative and quantitative studies of Spanish politics and public policy throughout the period of democratic governance. To do that we follow t...
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Government partisanship is generally understood as one of the key variables explaining policy change (Budge and Keman, 1990; Petrocik, 1996; Walgrave and Nuytemans 2009). Political parties prioritize different issues and policy proposals according to their preferences, and once they win elections they try to implement them, following their mandate....
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Having laid out our theoretical approach in the previous chapter, we turn now to the description of the databases used to elaborate our arguments and test our hypotheses. First, we explain how the data was collected and coded to generate the longest known data series developed in Spain for the analysis of agenda dynamics. Second, we give a general...
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Political decentralization is one of the key issues in Spanish politics (Caminal and Requejo, 2010). From the transition to democracy to the present, an intense and highly controversial debate has raged about the territorial distribution of power, and this debate has consistently been at the core of differences among Spaniards both within and beyon...
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Spanish politics play out in the media. Political elites seek media access to promote new ideas and policy proposals, attack their political adversaries, and defend their party manifestos during the electoral campaign. They seek access because the attention derived from it allows those elites to exist or be present in the public mind (Castells, 200...
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Abortion is an issue where most citizens’ views are solidly fixed, as they are related to a moral dimension and strongly associated with religious beliefs. These are highly stable because they are based on strong conceptions of right and wrong; people do not change their moral views on a whim, especially on an issue such as this where the Catholic...
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Throughout this book we have documented a number of important transformations in the functioning of Spain’s democratic institutions since the transition to democracy. Spain has moved from a newly democratic state to a well-established democracy characterized by a far-reaching welfare state. At the same time, a “normally functioning” democracy shoul...
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Since 2000, the politics of consensus that traditionally characterized Spanish politics has been replaced by the politics of resentment (Gunther and Montero, 2009). Consensus and mutual respect, symbols of the successful transition to democracy, have given way to increasing polarization of the political debate and the reactivation of old political...
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This article measures the europeanization of the legislative agenda in Spain over time, across levels of government and in different policy areas. The results illustrate that since Spain's entry into the EEC in 1986 to 2007, the percentage of europeanized legislation has progressively increased, that those issues related to the single market and th...
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Este artículo analiza la cobertura mediática de los escándalos de corrupción en España entre 1996 y 2009. El objetivo es, en primer lugar, determinar hasta qué punto los dos periódicos más leídos en España ??El País y El Mundo? cubren los escándalos de corrupción siguiendo orientaciones políticas distintas. Los resultados ponen de manifi esto una c...
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In this paper we analyze to what extent regulation affects interest groups access to governmental arena. The large fragmentation and dispersion of interest groups regulations, joint with the lack of a lobbying register, generates an important lack of transparency and visibility about which interests participate and to discuss what issues across dif...
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The first goal of this chapter is to explain how Europeanization has affected Spanish legislative activity over time, from 1986 to 2007, and across policy areas. The analysis illustrates that the impact and scope of European integration on Spanish law-making is still far from reaching Jacques Delors’ prediction that by 1998 the European Community w...
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In less than three decades the regulation of issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, stem-cell research and assisted reproduction techniques (ART) became increasingly permissive following two major waves of change.1 The first wave started in the early 1980s right after the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) won the majority of seats in the g...
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Este artículo analiza la agenda legislativa de cuatro Comunidades Autónomas –Andalucía, Cataluña, Galicia y el País Vasco– desde 1982 hasta 2007. El objetivo es explicar hasta qué punto los cambios en la priorización de problemas están relacionados con factores institucionales, como los cambios en el marco competencial o el proceso de europeización...
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The distribution of attention across issues is of fundamental importance to the political agenda and outputs of government. This article presents an issue-based theory of the diversity of governing agendas where the core functions of government—defense, international affairs, the economy, government operations, and the rule of law—are prioritized a...
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In this article the authors develop a new approach to the study of policy dynamics in a quasi-federal system of government. The goal is to contribute to previous research on comparative federalism by analyzing the variations of issue attention between levels of government and across four regional governments—Andalusia, Catalonia, Galicia, and the B...
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At the beginning of each Parliamentary session, almost all European governments give a speech in which they present the government’s policy goals and legislative agenda for the year to come. Despite the enormous body of literature on governments in European parliamentary democracies, systematic work on these executive policy agendas is surprisingly...
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This article analyses how well Spanish political elites have responded to the issues signalled as priorities preferred by Spanish citizens from the early 1990s to the present, and to what extent the degree of correspondence between citizens' and policymakers' priorities is related to elections, type of government, issue jurisdiction and institution...
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This article studies the effect of changes of government on the development of government agendas from the “Speeches from the Throne” in the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark. In addition to the theory of the mandate, the explanations in terms of political heritage and the intrusion of issues are also tested. Despite their undeniab...
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Comparative analysis shows that while policy windows and policy entrepreneurs are important, they are insufficient to account for policy change. An understanding of the institutional setting is key to explaining the speed and the magnitude of policy dynamics. In both food safety and pharmaceutical policy in Spain, a redefinition of policy image has...
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This paper is the first step in a long term project investigating policy stability and change in Spain from an agenda setting perspective and comparing the Spanish policy agenda to that of other advanced democracies. Here we begin to compare the allocation of issue attention in Spain and the USA by comparing the substance of annual President and Pr...

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The goal of the project is to explore from a theoretical and empirical perspective the behavior of political opposition in the parliamentary arena in Spain, from 1982 to present. To do so we will complement existing studies on voting behavior on legislation and parliamentary scrutiny, with the analysis of more unexplored initiatives: amendments on legislation and parliamentary bills. Some of the questions we want to answer are the following: Do opposition groups introduce a significantly different number of bills and amendments on legislation? Are these amendments efficient, namely, do they transform significantly the content of bills? Do parties follow a responsible model of opposition, being willing to collaborate in policymaking, or, by the contrary, do they base their parliamentary strategies on criticizing the government with no effort to deliver policies? Are the opposition strategies of mainstream and non-mainstream parties significantly different? Do interests’ organizations influence the draft of new legislation and the amending activity of opposition groups? Recent events, including the continued effects of the economic crisis and the entry of new parties in the Spanish parliament, make the analysis of these questions especially relevant. Members: Anna M. Palau, Luz M. Muñoz, Laura Chaqués-Bonafont, Andreu Casas, Elisabetta De Giorgi, Leire Rincon, Miguel Ansemil
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CAP enables scholars, students, policy-makers and the media to investigate trends in policy-making across time and between countries. It classifies policy activities into a single, universal and consistent coding scheme. CAP monitors policy processes by tracking the actions that governments take in response to the challenges they face. These activities can take many different forms, including debating a problem, delivering speeches, (e.g. the Queen’s speech in the United Kingdom), holding hearings, introducing or enacting laws (e.g. Bills and Public Laws in the United States) or issuing judicial rulings (e.g. rulings from the European Court of Justice). Using proven measures of policy-making activity occurrences allows researchers to assess trends in policy-making activities across time and among nations. CAP’s consistent system uses 20 major topics and 200+ subtopics to code those activities. CAP actively monitors thirty different data series, all coded by this same predictable, reliable coding system.