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Professional politicians and regional institutions in Catalonia and Scotland
Series: Devolution
Author: Klaus Stolz

Focusing on professional politicians, this book investigates the interrelationship between political career patterns and political institutions in two of the most widely discussed cases of regionalism: Catalonia and Scotland. It deals with two different yet closely related sets of questions. Firstly, how do professional politicians pursue their careers in the regional context? And secondly, how do they shape and reshape the political institutions in which they pursue these careers? The book is based on extensive empirical research including a comprehensive data set on the careers of Catalan and Scottish parliamentarians, systematic surveys of regional representatives as well as in-depth interviews with a wide range of politicians and experts in both regions. Exploring the effects of political professionalisation on regional democracy, it goes beyond traditional studies of regionalism and decentralization, while its focus on the regional career arena introduces a territorial dimension to the study of political careers.

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The making of a regional political class in itself
Klaus Stolz

(territorial differentiation). However, the study is not concerned only with whether such a regional political class actually exists; further, it attempts to show how opportunity structures in Catalonia and Scotland affect regional politicians’ attempts to reconcile regional attachments and regional ties with professional career ambitions, and thus their living for politics with living off politics. Hence, the empirical analysis in this part is aimed at the identification and explanation of political career patterns that have been emerging in Catalonia and Scotland since the

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