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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies$
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Kaare Strøm, Wolfgang C. Müller, and Torbjörn Bergman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019829784X.001.0001

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Spain: Delegation and Accountability in a Newly Established Democracy

Spain: Delegation and Accountability in a Newly Established Democracy

(p.573) 19 Spain: Delegation and Accountability in a Newly Established Democracy
Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Carlos Flores Juberías

Oxford University Press

The most prominent features of the delegative chain in Spanish parliamentarism are an imbalance between delegation and accountability in general and an extreme concentration of power in the hands of the Prime Minister. There is a lot more delegation than accountability when it comes to the chain that links voters to MPs and MPs to the Prime Minister. Voters simply cannot influence the actions of their representatives and MPs are similarly in a weak position vis-à-vis their party’s leadership and the Prime Minister. On the other hand, regarding the part of the chain that links the Prime Minister to cabinet ministers and cabinet ministers to civil servants, the observation is the opposite: delegation shrinks, while accountability soars.

Keywords:   authoritarian political culture, autonomous communities, departmental principle, judicial review, oligarchic political parties, parliamentary monarchy, personalism, prime ministerial leadership principle, principle of collegiality

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