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José Antonio Pérez Tapias

José Antonio Pérez Tapias
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
12 December 2006 – 27 September 2011
Personal details
Born (1955-06-03) 3 June 1955 (age 68)
Seville, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party (1993–2018)
OccupationUniversity professor, politician, political philosopher, columnist, essayist

José Antonio Pérez Tapias (born 1955) is a Spanish politician, author and university professor. He was a member of the 8th and 9th terms of the Congress of Deputies.


Born on 3 June 1955 in Seville,[1] he has however been based most of his life in Granada, earning a licentiate degree in Theology in 1978, a licentiate degree in Philosophy and Arts in 1981 and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Granada (UGR),[2] reading a dissertation titled El pensamiento humanista de Erich Fromm. Crítica y utopía desde Marx y Freud in 1990.[3] He is full professor of Philosophy of the UGR.[1]

He became a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) in 1993.[4]

He ran 5th in the PSOE list for the constituency of Granada vis-à-vis the March 2004 election to the Congress of Deputies.[5] He was not elected then, but he became a member of the 8th term of the Lower House in 2006, covering the vacant seat left by Rafael Estrella Pedrola [es].[1] He renovated his seat in the 2008 election, having run 4th in the PSOE list in Granada.[6] From 2007 to 2011 he was also member of the Spanish delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).[3]

He was one of the members (along Manuel de la Rocha Rubí and Juan Antonio Barrio de Penagos) of the Socialist Parliamentary Group in the Congress who decided not to take part in the September 2011 voting for the reform of the Spanish Constitution struck by the PSOE and the People's Party that sought to include (and successfully did so) the principle of "budgetary stability" in the Article 135 of the text.[7]

He was elected Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of the UGR on 16 October 2013.[3]

A prominent member of Izquierda Socialista ("Socialist Left"), a left-wing faction within the PSOE, he contested the July 2014 PSOE primary election, drawing the support of a 15% of the voting affiliates, ending up last after winner Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón (49%) and runner-up Eduardo Madina (36%).[8]

In January 2018 he reported his discharge as PSOE member, putting an end to a 25-year long membership.[4]

A prolific writer for press and specialized journals, he is also the author of several books dealing with political concepts such as "democratic education", "intercultural citizenship" and social democracy.[9] He endorses the idea of a "plurinational federal state" in Spain.[9]

Electoral history

Electoral history of José Antonio Pérez Tapias
Election List Constituency List position Result
2004 Congress of Deputies election PSOE Granada 5th (out of 7)[5] Not elected[a]
2008 Congress of Deputies election PSOE Granada 4th (out of 7)[6] Elected
  1. ^ He became MP in 2006, replacing Rafael Estrella Pedrola [es].


This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (September 2019)
  • — (2013). Invitación al federalismo. España y las razones para un Estado plurinacional. Madrid: Trotta.[10]
  • — (2017). La insoportable contradicción de una democracia cínica. Granada: Ediciones Universidad de Granada.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "VIII Legislatura (2004–2008). Pérez Tapias, José Antonio Diputado por Granada". Congress of Deputies.
  2. ^ Giménez, Sol (20 November 2017). "Pérez Tapias ofrece una conferencia por el bicentenario de Marx".
  3. ^ a b c "El profesor José Antonio Pérez Tapias, nuevo decano de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras". University of Granada. 22 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b "José Antonio Pérez Tapias se da de baja del PSOE tras 25 años como militante". El País. 3 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b Juntas Electorales Provinciales: "Candidaturas proclamadas para las elecciones al Congreso de los Diputados y al Senado, convocadas por Real Decreto 100/2004, de 19 de enero" (PDF). Boletín Oficial del Estado (41): 7510. 17 February 2004. ISSN 0212-033X.
  6. ^ a b Juntas Electorales Provinciales: "Candidaturas proclamadas para las elecciones al Congreso de los Diputados y al Senado, convocadas por Real Decreto 33/2008, de 14 de enero" (PDF). Boletín Oficial del Estado (37): 7607. 12 February 2008. ISSN 0212-033X.
  7. ^ Montero, Sara. "7 años del 135: cuando PSOE y PP sacrificaron el pacto constitucional para blindar los mercados". Cuarto Poder.
  8. ^ Manetto, Francesco (14 July 2014). "Madina sufre la derrota y Pérez Tapias saborea su resultado". El País.
  9. ^ a b Barroso Fernández 2015, p. 161.
  10. ^ Barroso Fernández 2015, pp. 161–163.
  11. ^ "Presentación del libro 'La insoportable contradicción de una democracia cínica'". Ideal. 15 February 2017.
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