chapter  2
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Spatial Voting in Spain

This chapter focuses on how political parties increase the dimensionality of the political space by putting forward arguments about the territorial structure and the issue of regional redistribution. It also focuses on providing a first exploration of the conditioning effects of party competition by analysing the relationship between partisan attitudes and redistributive preferences. In this chapter the author testes his second hypothesis, namely whether or not it is true that the saliency of the second dimension of electoral competition conditions the relationship between partisan attitudes and redistributive references across different regions. The argument that the chapter has put forward to explain the formation of redistributive preferences is the role of heresthetics and, more specifically, the saliency of the second dimension of party competition. The chapter shows that the effects of individual partisanship on redistributive preferences vary depending on the saliency of nationalism.