José María Maravall Herrero

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José María Maravall Herrero
Minister of Education and Science
In office
December 3, 1982 – July 12, 1988
President Felipe González
Preceded by Federico Mayor Zaragoza
Succeeded by Javier Solana
Personal details
Born (1942-04-07) April 7, 1942 (age 72)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spain
Political party PSOE

José María Maravall Herrero (born 1942 in Madrid) is a Spanish academic and politician of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE). Maravall was Spanish Minister of Education and Science between 1982 and 1988, and was elected to the Spanish Parliament in 1986, representing Valencia Province. Maravall eventually returned to academic life, where he has continued his study of politics.[1] As of 2010, he serves on the Advisory Council of the Juan March Institute, is a Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid, an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2] Maravall holds doctorates from both the Complutense University of Madrid and Oxford, as well as an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Warwick. He has been a Research Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Warwick. He is a "Commandeur de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques" in France and has won the National Award for Political Science and Sociology in Spain.

Maravall's major works include Dictadura y disentimiento político (Dictatorship and Political Dissent), 1978; La política de la transición (The Transition to Democracy in Spain), 1982; Economic Reforms in New Democracies (with Luiz Carlos Bresser and Adam Przeworski), 1993; Los resultados de la democracia, 1995; Regimes, Politics and Markets, 1997; El control de los políticos, 2003; La confrontación politica, 2008; Las Promesas Políticas, 2013; and has edited (with Adam Przeworski) Democracy and the Rule of Law, 2003, and (with Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca) Controlling Governments, 2008.

His father, José Antonio Maravall, was a noted historian of Spanish history.

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