Electoral and Non-Electoral Lessons of the Crisis of Spanish Leftist Alliance Izquierda Unida

Óscar Hidalgo-Redondo (ohidalgo@faculty_unyp_cz

Abstract:
This paper analyzes the role that Izquierda Unida plays in Spanish politics and tries to assess if the reasons for its downfall are mainly provoked by the Spanish electoral system or if, on the contrary, some other elements outside the electoral mechanisms contribute greatly to the collapse of the electoral support of this party.

Keywords:
Spain, Izquierda Unida, electoral system, Duverger, Mechanical and Psychological Effects

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