Reconciliation after Democratization: Coping with the Past in Spain

Author
Omar G. Encarnación
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
123
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
Fall 2008
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
OMAR G. ENCARNACIÓN examines Spain's ongoing effort to reconcile the legacy of its dark past, including the mass killings of the Spanish Civil War and the repression of the Franco dictatorship, three decades after its celebrated transition to democracy. Key among his findings is that contrary to the widespread conventional wisdom promoted by the influential ''transitional justice'' movement, reconciliation is not a pre-condition for effective democratization.
Topic
Democratization, War
Political Geography
Spain