Accession Number : ADA115186

Title :   Spain: Democracy and the Military.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Voros,Charles Douglas

PDF Url : ADA115186

Report Date : Dec 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 128

Abstract : Since the death of Generalissimo Francisco Franco in November 1975, Spain has undergone a remarkable political transformation in which King Juan Carlos I, Franco's handpicked successor, inherited the authoritarian powers of a dictator and promptly used them to turn his country into a constitutional monarchy rooted in liberal democratic principles. The initial phase of Spain's democratic evolution was characterized by euphoria and good will in which a series of firm and decisive steps were taken to replace the old regime with new democratic institutions and norms. Since 1979, however, the pace of Spain's democratic progress has slowed, as, the problems of regional autonomy, terrorism, and a disaffected military have threatened to disrupt Spain's democratic evolution. Prime Minister Suarez' abrupt resignation in January 1981 and the military coup attempt a month later brought into sharp focus the fragile state of Spain's democracy. The present government has pursued a mixed program of reform and appeasement to defuse the danger of a military takeover in Spain. Elements within the Spanish military, however, remain a potential threat to Spanish democracy.

Descriptors :   *Spain, *Democracy, Government(Foreign), Evolution(General), Modification, Military forces(Foreign), Attitudes(Psychology), Regions, Terrorism, Political science, Theses

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE