António Costa Pinto & Leonardo Morlino (edited by)

Dealing with the Legacy of Authoritarianism: The "Politics of the Past" in Southern European Democracies

London ,  Routledge

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In recent years the agenda of how to ‘deal with the past’ has become a central dimension of the quality of contemporary democracies. Many years after the process of authoritarian breakdown, consolidated democracies revisit the past either symbolically or to punish the elites associated with the previous authoritarian regimes. New factors, like international environment, conditionality, party cleavages, memory cycles and commemorations or politics of apologies, do sometimes bring the past back into the political arena.
This book addresses such themes by dealing with two dimensions of authoritarian legacies in Southern European democracies: repressive institutions and human rights abuses. The thrust of this book is that we should view transitional justice as part of a broader ‘politics of the past’: an ongoing process in which elites and society under democratic rule revise the meaning of the past in terms of what they hope to achieve in the present.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Authoritarian Past and Contemporary South European Democracies

António Costa Pinto

Transitional Justice and Memory: Exploring Different Perspectives

Alexandra Barahona de Brito

Italy’s Authoritarian Past and Democracy

Marco Tarchi

Dealing with the "Double Legacy" of Authoritarianism in Democratic Portugal

António Costa Pinto

Attitudes towards the Authoritarian Past in Spanish Democracy

Carsten Humlebaek

Repressive Legacies and the Democratisation of Iberian Police Systems

Diego Palacios Cerezales

The Authoritarian Past and Contemporary Greek Democracy

Dimitris A. Sotiropoulos

Institutionalized Legacies of Authoritarian Rule in Contemporary Memory Politics: Maintaining Turkey’s Official Narrative of the Armenian Genocide

Jennifer Dixon

The Politics of the Past: The Southern Cone and Southern Europe in Comparative Perspective

Alexandra Barahona de Brito and Mario Szajder

Authoritarian Legacies, Politics of Memory and Quality of Democracy in Southern Europe: Open Conclusions

Leonardo Morlino

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Antonio Costa Pinto   |
Institute of Social Sciences   |   Av. Professor Anibal Betencourt, 9   |   1600-189 Lisbon   |   Portugal