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(Re)making political institutions: a regional political class for itself

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/9780719079795.003.0004
(Re)making political institutions: a regional political class for itself

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This chapter analyses the processes of institutionalisation and institutional reform in Catalonia and Scotland in order to identify and explain the capacity of regional politicians to act collectively in pursuit of their collective self-interest. It examines whether politicians have attempted to reform their institutions according to their own professional self-interest and how successful they have been in these attempts. The institutional analysis reveals that the collective action of regional politicians as a class for itself is related back to the institutional structure enabling and restricting their behaviour and to the established career patterns and to the internal structure of the political class in itself that are conditioning its territorial and functional cohesion.

Keywords: institutionalisation; institutional reform; Catalonia; Scotland; regional politicians; collective self-interest; institutional analysis; career patterns; political class; territorial cohesion

Chapter.  54537 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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