Submission Title

Generational Turnover and Political Institutions in the U.S. and Spain

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Political Science

Description

This investigation compares how the political institutions of the United States and Spain impact how incoming generations of politicians exercise power. Both countries have experienced an influx of younger generations in politics, represented by the new political parties Ciudadanos and Podemos in Spain, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the diverse class of Democratic freshmen elected in the 2018 midterm elections. The primary structures that affect this are the presidential and parliamentary systems, single member district, and proportional representation voting systems that create bi-party or multiparty systems, respectively. These structures shape whether or not younger generations can form their own parties and win seats in the legislature and the relationship they have with the executive branch of government.

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Generational Turnover and Political Institutions in the U.S. and Spain

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

This investigation compares how the political institutions of the United States and Spain impact how incoming generations of politicians exercise power. Both countries have experienced an influx of younger generations in politics, represented by the new political parties Ciudadanos and Podemos in Spain, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the diverse class of Democratic freshmen elected in the 2018 midterm elections. The primary structures that affect this are the presidential and parliamentary systems, single member district, and proportional representation voting systems that create bi-party or multiparty systems, respectively. These structures shape whether or not younger generations can form their own parties and win seats in the legislature and the relationship they have with the executive branch of government.