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Mission Impossible?

Mission Impossible? The 1976 Spanish Law for Political Reform
This project seeks to explain an unexpected political outcome: why Francoist deputies voted overwhelmingly for the 1976 Law for Political Reform which brought about their own political demise.
November 2012 - December 2014

This British Academy funded research project led by Georgina Blakeley seeks to explain an unexpected political outcome: why Francoist deputies voted overwhelmingly for the 1976 Law for Political Reform which brought about their own political demise.

The successful passage of the Law, widely seen as the first step in the Spanish transition to democracy, will be explained through an analysis of the strategic manoeuvring of Torcuato Fernández-Miranda, the author of the Law and a qualitative analysis of the three days of discussion of the Law in the plenary of the Francoist Parliament.

Contact: Georgina Blakeley

Related videos

Podcast: Georgina Blakeley explains why Francoist deputies voted the 1976 Law which brought about their own political demise:

http://www.open.ac.uk/ccig/media/mission-impossible-project-podcast

Related Publications

‘Keeping up appearances: Torcuato Fernández-Miranda, Heresthetics and the Spanish Law for Political Reform’, Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Forthcoming)

 ‘Conflict and Deliberation’ in Elstub, S. and McLaverty, P.  (eds.) (2014) Deliberative Democracy: Issues and Cases, Edinburgh University Press.

‘Evaluating Spain’s Reparation Law’, Democratization, 20(2), (2013), pp. 240-259.

‘Politics as usual? The Trials and Tribulations of the Law of Historical Memory in Spain’, Entelequia. Revista Interdisciplinar, 7, 2008, pp. 315–330.

 “It’s politics, stupid!’: the Spanish General Election of 2004’, Parliamentary Affairs, 59(2), (2006) pp. 331–349.

‘Digging up Spain’s Past: Consequences of Truth and Reconciliation’, Democratization, 12(1), 2005, pp. 44-59.

Learn more about the research programme: Enactments, Publics