Catholicism and Democratic Consolidation in Spain and Poland

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During the 'third wave' of democratisation, Catholic churches often played a key role in undermining the old authoritarian regimes. In the subsequent process of consolidation, however, these same organisations have often struggled to find a role. This article explores how the Spanish and Polish Catholic churches coped with the political changes following democratisation, focusing in particular on two issues. Firstly, their pursuit of constitutional and legal recognition in the new order. and secondly, their interventions in the political arena and the difficulties they faced in lobbying whilst avoiding the charge of seeking privilege.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-156
Number of pages22
JournalWest European Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


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