José María Maravall Herrero

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José María Maravall is a Spanish academic and a politician of the Spanish Socialist Party.


Maravall holds doctorates from both the Complutense University of Madrid and Oxford University, as well as a Honorary D. Litt. from Warwick University.


Maravall was, until his retirement, the director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (CEACS -Juan March Institute in Madrid) and a Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. He has taught at the University of Warwick and, as a Visiting Professor, at the universities of New York (NYU), Columbia, Harvard, and the European University Institute (Florence). He has had a long personal political experience, first in underground anti-Francoist politics and later, under democracy, in social democratic politics. He was the Spanish Minister of Education and Science from 1982 to 1988, and was a member of the Spanish Parliament.

Awards and honors[edit]

Maravall is an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony's College (Oxford), a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), and a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 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.


  • Dictatorship and Political Dissent (Dictadura y Disentimiento Político), St. Martin's Press, 1978
  • The Transition to Democracy in Spain (La Política de la Transición), St. Martin's Press, 1982
  • Economic Reforms in New Democracies (co-author with Luiz Carlos Bresser and Adam Przeworski), Cambridge University Press, 1993
  • Los Resultados de la Democracia, Alianza Editorial, 1995
  • Regimes, Politics and Markets, Oxford University Press, 1997
  • El Control de los Políticos, Taurus, 2003
  • Democracy and the Rule of Law (co-editor with Adam Przeworski), Cambridge University Press, 2003
  • La Confrontación Politica, Taurus, 2008
  • Controlling Governments (co-editor with Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca), Cambridge University Press 2008
  • Las Promesas Políticas, Galaxia Gutenberg 2013
  • Demands on Democracy, Oxford University Press, 2016

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