Juan Rodríguez Teruel

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    Podemos: Is a maverick leftist party mutating into the standard bearer of devolution?

Podemos: Is a maverick leftist party mutating into the standard bearer of devolution?

Pablo Iglesias reasserted his leadership over Podemos in a vote in early February, following a period of tension within the party between Iglesias and Iñigo Errejón. Juan Rodríguez-Teruel, Astrid Barrio and Oscar Barberà track the party’s development, writing that the schism between Iglesias and Errejón reflects just one of the fault-lines over Podemos’ development. They highlight the role of […]

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    Why political uncertainty will continue in Catalonia despite the decision to alter the proposed independence referendum

Why political uncertainty will continue in Catalonia despite the decision to alter the proposed independence referendum

The President of Catalonia’s government, Artur Mas, announced on 14 October that the proposed referendum on Catalan independence, scheduled for 9 November, will no longer be held. However a non-binding consultation, under a different legal framework, will take place instead. Juan Rodríguez-Teruel writes on why it has proven impossible to come to a similar agreement in Catalonia to that […]

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    As long as democratic legitimacy stems from national politics, governments will have few incentives to make responsible decisions at the EU level

As long as democratic legitimacy stems from national politics, governments will have few incentives to make responsible decisions at the EU level

When national governments make decisions at the EU level they have to balance policies which are in the national interest of their own state and policies which are in the wider interest of Europe as a whole. Based on the work of Luuk Van Middelaar, Sonia Alonso and Juan Rodríguez Teruel discuss the competing responsibilities which national governments face […]

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Spain’s Socialist Party must carefully balance competing pressures over its policy on Catalan independence

Independence supporters within Catalonia have called for a referendum to be held in 2014 on the territory’s independence from Spain. Juan Rodríguez Teruel writes on the dilemma Catalan independence poses for Spain’s Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE). He notes that opposing the referendum may damage the PSOE’s relationship with its sister party in Catalonia, the PSC. Supporting calls for independence […]

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Spanish political parties have used multilevel public funding to replace private donations and increase their resources

Following the arrest of a former treasurer of Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) earlier this year, party funding has become an important issue in Spanish politics. Juan Rodríguez Teruel writes that successive attempts to reform the regulation of party funding in Spain have created a situation in which Spanish parties are largely funded from public sources. He argues that this […]

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