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The quest for a regional political class

Klaus Stolz

in Towards a Regional Political Class?

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079795
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079795.003.0001
The quest for a regional political class

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This introductory chapter discusses the objective of this volume, which is to investigate how regional political institutions affect professional political careers in Scotland and Catalonia, and how, in turn, the professional self-interest of these politicians is influencing the institutionalisation of regional politics. This volume uses case-study approaches to trace the emergence of a regional political class in Catalonia and in Scotland. This chapter suggests that political professionalisation and regionalisation are delineated as two macro-processes of functional and territorial differentiation closely related to democratisation and state modernisation. It also introduces the concept of political class as a major analytical tool to break the analysis down to the micro-level.

Keywords: political careers; political institutions; Scotland; Catalonia; regional politics; political class; political professionalisation; political regionalisation; functional differentiation; territorial differentiation

Chapter.  9183 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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