Emilio Pérez Touriño


Emilio Pérez Touriño

Emilio Pérez Touriño (A Coruña, 1948) is a Galician politician and economist. He is the secretary general of the Socialist Party of Galicia and, since August 2005, president of the autonomous community of Galicia (Spain). Namely, he is president of the executive branch, the Xunta de Galicia. His political views are socialdemocratic and Galicianist. [ [http://www.anosaterra.org/index.php?p=nova&id_nova=5941 Pérez Touriño commenting Galicianism, from newspaper "A Nosa Terra"] . Access date 26 Sept. 2008] [ [http://www.xornal.com/article.php?sid=20071227071914 Pérez Touriño discussing Galicianism, from online newspaper "Xornal.com"] . Access date 26 Sept. 2008]

Academia

Economist by formation, Pérez Touriño completed a course of specialisation at the University of Grenoble (France). He finished his doctoral degree in economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He was also vice-president for financial affairs in that same university. During his university years, Touriño developed an intense academic activity, teaching and publishing a number of works on economy and development. He would frequently use Galicia and Galicia's infrastructures as a case study in the integration with the European Union.

Politics

During the transition to democracy (1975-1982), following the end of the Francoist dictatorship, Touriño revealed himself as a left wing political activist and even participated in the drafting of the Galician Statute of Autonomy of 1981. He joined the cabinet of minister Abel Caballero at the Spanish ministry for transportation, tourism and communications. He also worked in a senior position at the ministry for public works, transportation and the environment. In 1994, he was accused of having accepted irregular payments, reason why he renounced to all his political posts and returned to academia. That same year he also received the Spanish Great Cross of Civil Merit. [ [http://www.todopolitica.com/biografias/?n=emilio_perez_tourino Short biography of Pérez Touriño] , written on 18 June 2005. Access date 26 Sept. 2008] He eventually made a come back into politics in 1996.

In 1998, Touriño replaces Francisco Vázquez as general secretary of the Socialist Party of Galicia. In 2005 he becomes the president of Galicia, defeating Manuel Fraga's People's Party of Galicia, thanks to a coalition government established with the Galician Nationalist Bloc. Since then, both coalition parties have been engaged by the Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, in reviewing the current Statute of Autonomy, in order to renegotiate the status of Galicia as a part of the Spanish State. [ [http://www.parlamentodegalicia.es/sites/ParlamentoGalicia/ContenidoGal/pargal_ReformaEstatutoGalicia.aspx Parliamentary site on the Statute form] . Access date 26 Sept. 2008] He was re-elected secretary general of the Socialist Party of Galicia in July 2008.

Academic publications (selection)

* _ (1982): "A Evolución da agricultura no capitalismo: a concepción dos clásicos do marxismo como paradigma dunha visión determinista do desenvolvemento histórico", in "Revista galega de estudios agrarios", no. 6, p. 183-207.
* _ (1983): "Agricultura y capitalismo: análisis de la pequeña producción campesina". Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación, Servicio de Publicaciones Agrarias, Madrid.
* _ (1992): "Las infraestructuras como factor de despegue del desarrollo gallego", in "Estructura económica de Galicia", González Laxe [dir] . Espasa Calpe, Madrid, p. 429-488.
* _ et al. (1997): "Infraestructuras y desarrollo regional: efectos económicos de la autopista del Atlántico". Civitas, Madrid.
* _ et al. (1998): "Los Efectos económicos de las autovías de Galicia". Instituto de Estudios Económicos de Galicia Pedro Barrié de la Maza, A Coruña.
* _ (2001): "En clave de país". Santa Comba, A Coruña.
* _ (2001): "Eurorrexión Galicia-Norte de Portugal, unha oportunidade e un reto", in "Tempo exterior", no. 3, p. 17-22.

References

* [http://www.xunta.es/biografia Emilio Pérez Touriño official biography] at Xunta de Galicia website. Access date 26 Sept. 2008
* [http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/Zapatero/Maragall/elpepiesp/20050620elpepinac_17/Tes Profile of Pérez Touriño] , published by the newspaper "El País" in June 2005. Access date 26 Sept. 2008

Notes

See also

*Xunta de Galicia
*Parliament of Galicia
*Galician Statute of Autonomy of 1981
*Socialist Party of Galicia
*Spanish Socialist Workers' Party


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