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date: 18 April 2021

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The chapter will identify—and seek to explain—a variety of ways in which political dynamics and outcomes in Spain have exerted an impact on comparative political analysis that is greater than the country’s demographic or economic ‘weight’. The empirical realities and trajectories of Spanish politics on a wide range of matters—including the nature of non-democratic political rule, regime transitions, especially the causes of democratic breakdown, pathways to democratic transition, causes of political disaffection, strategies for handling the existence of multiple national identities, to name but a few of the relevant themes—have provided political scientists with material for major conceptual innovations as well as research findings of significance for comparative political science and comparative methodology. The chapter examines why this country case has exerted such a large impact on cross-national comparisons and asks whether, apart from the large impact of scholarly contributions made by Juan Linz, there is any unifying logic to the broader pattern.

Keywords: comparative methodology, regime transitions, Spanish case, Juan Linz, democracy.

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