Spain And Central America: Democracy And Foreign Policy

Hardcover | January 1, 1992

byRobin L. Rosenberg

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This theoretical and empirical study is the first to examine the connection between the image and substance of Spain's democracy and the country's foreign policy in Central America. A linkage is established between Spain's political model of democratic transition and Spanish foreign policy on the isthmus, while questioning the validity of the model as a foreign policy instrument. This well-documented case study explores the notion of democracy in Central America, measures Spain's democratic successes and failures against a political model, and examines Spanish foreign policy and the political situation in Central America.

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This theoretical and empirical study is the first to examine the connection between the image and substance of Spain's democracy and the country's foreign policy in Central America. A linkage is established between Spain's political model of democratic transition and Spanish foreign policy on the isthmus, while questioning the validity...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.72 × 6.18 × 1.06 inPublished:January 1, 1992Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313278857

ISBN - 13:9780313278853

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?In examining Spanish relations with Central America between 1982 and 1991--the period of Socialist Party (PSOE) dominance in Spain and of Central America's greatest political crisis--Rosenberg book assesses the Spanish government's attempt to utilize its transition from authoritarianism to democracy in the post-Franco era as an instrument of foreign policy. In the longer view, the author is analyzing the latest wrinkle in Spain's historic, continuous effort to wield influence over its former colonies without enjoying the resources of a world power. After reviewing appropriate theory, Rosenberg summarizes Spanish initiatives toward Central America and critiques the validity of the model of democratic transition by uncovering the political, economic, and social shortcomings that flawed the democratization process in Spain itself. These problems, combined with the increasing Europeanization of Spain since its entry into the European Economic Community, acted to limit Spanish influence in a region subject to US hegemony. Based heavily on the Spanish press and news magazines, this book deals cogently with a theme whose importance will only increase in the present decade: the foreign policy dimension of democratization.?-Choice