The 2015 Spanish election: the times they are a’ changing

Iván Medina*, Patricia Correa

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The Spanish legislative election of 2015 speaks of change. This is the end of the traditional two-party system and the beginning of a new political era marked by institutional renewal. The Socialist Party and the Partido Popular have both lost significant parliamentary force, whereas two new parties (Podemos, and Ciudadanos) are now crucial to ensure stable government majorities. This new parliamentary scenario seems to better mirror the political pluralism of a changing society which has already demonstrated for change in striking events such as the 15-M Movement. However, political parties are far from showing conciliatory aspirations, possibly because a new election is suddenly a realistic option. This report outlines the political context of the election, indicates the main topics during the campaign and discusses the results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-417
Number of pages11
JournalRegional and federal studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016


  • Ciudadanos
  • crisis
  • legislative election
  • Podemos
  • Spain


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