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Specialist Group Spotlight: Spanish Politics
Meet the team.
Georgina Blakeley & Paul Anderson
Caroline Gray of Aston University and Georgina Blakeley of Huddersfield University are co-convenors of the Spanish Politics Specialist Group. Caroline is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations specialising in the politics of Spain and wider Europe. Her research focuses on territorial politics and party systems which are the themes she brings together in her latest book ‘Territorial Politics and the Party System in Spain: Continuity and Change since the Financial Crisis’ (Routledge, 2020). Georgina is a Principal Lecturer in Politics and Director of Teaching and Learning. Her research focuses on issues of transitional justice and democratization having published various articles on these themes in journals such as Democratization and Parliamentary Affairs.
Caroline and Georgina are joined in the Specialist Group by Paul Anderson and Nathan Jones. Paul is the Group’s Treasurer and Nathan has the role of Early Career Officer. Paul is a Lecturer in Politics and IR at Canterbury Christ Church University. His research focuses on comparative territorial politics and he is currently working on a research monograph on Territorial Politics in Spain and the UK which will be published in 2022 with Manchester University Press. Nathan is a Lecturer in Politics at Nottingham Trent University specialising in Spanish politics and comparative European politics. His book ‘The Adoption of a Pro-US Foreign Policy by José María Aznar and Tony Blair: Personal Motivations and Global Impact’ was published by Sussex Academic Press in 2017.
What are the aims of your Specialist Group?
The group aims to provide a hub for all academics interested in Spanish politics whether based in the UK or beyond. We want to bring Spanish politics in from the margins in order to raise its profile within UK-based political science. We are particularly interested in supporting early career researchers who will take the study of contemporary Spanish politics forward. The group is committed to contributing findings from Spain and its regions to broader comparative studies.
What activities do you undertake as a group?
Our original aim was to launch the group at the PSA Conference in 2020. The pandemic put paid to that! In order to be able to successfully bring Spanish politics in from the margins, we therefore decided to put the group on hold until times were more propitious for its launch. We are therefore aiming to launch the Spanish Politics Specialist Group at the PSA Annual Conference in 2022 and will be putting a call for papers out shortly. The 2022 conference theme ‘Politics from the Margins’ speaks to the aims of our group and therefore provides an excellent opportunity to host various panels and to formally launch the group.
How can new members get involved or find out more?
Please look out for our call for papers for the PSA 2022 Annual Conference as this will be the best way to get involved in the group. We will be aiming for a variety of panels, with one specifically aimed at doctoral students and early career researchers. In the meantime, please visit our website and/or follow us on Twitter (@PSA_SpanishPol).
Why should I join the Spanish Politics Specialist group?
Despite the fact that Spain is a major European power, Spanish Politics has always struggled to establish itself as a legitimate subject of study within UK-based political science. This is your chance to contribute towards changing that to ensure that the next generation of scholars interested in Spanish politics are able to contribute insights that not only shape the study of Spanish politics, but also shape the future of comparative politics more widely. Significant political change happening within Spain currently means that there has never been a better time to be a part of a group of committed, dynamic, and engaging scholars dedicated to the study of Spain and its status within Europe and the wider international system. Join us today and contribute to cutting edge research on Spain.