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The Catalan case is one where there are several clearly distinct ideological axes. there's not just economic left/right and social left/right, but also a nationalist/centralist axis, This means there's room for many more parties, the center is rather small, and moreover the correlation of forces is very sensitive to changes in the relative importance of the various axes.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 21st, 2014 at 06:57:56 AM EST
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