Civic Associations and Authoritarian Regimes in Interwar Europe: Italy and Spain in Comparative Perspective

  title={Civic Associations and Authoritarian Regimes in Interwar Europe: Italy and Spain in Comparative Perspective},
  author={Dylan Riley},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={288 - 310}
  • Dylan Riley
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Political Science
  • American Sociological Review
What is the relationship between civic associations and authoritarian regimes? While Tocquevillian theories have concentrated mostly on the connection between civic associationism and democracy, this article develops a Gramscian approach, suggesting that a strong associational sphere can facilitate the development of authoritarian parties and hegemonic authoritarian regimes. Two countries are used for comparison, Italy from 1870 to 1926 and Spain from 1876 to 1926. The argument here is that the… 

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