Catholic Roots and Democratic Flowers: Political Systems in Spain and Portugal. (Book Reviews)

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Date: Summer 2002
From: Political Science Quarterly(Vol. 117, Issue 2)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 582 words

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Catholic Roots and Democratic Flowers: Political Systems in Spain and Portugal by Howard J. Wiadra and Margaret MacLeish Mott. Westport, CT, Praeger Puiblishers, 2001. 215 pp. Cloth, $65.00; paper $24.95.

It used to be said that the difference between fascist regimes and socialist regimes is that the former end eventually and the latter never end. More recently we see that some socialist regimes can end too. While the authors of Catholic Roots and Democratic Flowers argue persuasively that Spain and Portugal were never fascist in the sense that Germany and Italy were, they present convincing evidence that these two Iberian authoritarian regimes left their respective countries in much better economic condition than did the Eastern European socialist regimes. Both are now enthusiastic members of the European Union, and Spain is the tenth industrial power in the world. This was not supposed to happen in the...

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