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Austerity and the Implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in Spain

Re-shaping the European Productive and Social Model: a Reflexion from the South


Edited By Javier Ramos and Esther del Campo

This book adopts a critical perspective to analyze the Europe-2020 Strategy and its effects on the transformation of the European productive and social model, particularly in Spain. The evidence provided in this book suggests that the Europe-2020 strategy cannot be dissociated from the policies of commodification initiated in the Stability and Growth Pact (Maastricht, 1997) nor from the Austerity measures implemented to deal with the financial crisis in 2007. 

These policies of «commodification» and «austerity» are seriously limiting Europe-2020 capacity to foster a smart, sustainable and inclusive productive transition, while adding greatly to the continuous process of precarization and social exclusion that European societies are suffering, especially in Southern Europe.   

The book presents empirical evidence on these externalities in areas as diverse as EU foreign policy, entrepreneurship or gender equality. But the special emphasis has been placed in those areas that the Europe 2020 strategy considers crucial such as employment, R&D, climate change and energy sustainability, education and fighting against poverty in Spain.

Thanks to the profuse analyses carried out by a group of leading Spanish academics, the book constitutes a benchmark for scholars, practitioners and the general public interested in European and Spanish economic policy issues.

"Essential contributions on the challenges faced by the Spanish economy when it comes to strengthening the Welfare State" (Valeriano Gómez, former Minister of Employment)

"A most useful collection of contributions addressing Spain’s difficulties in dealing with an indebted economy, and in need of re-shaping its strategic productive and social models within the EU" (Luis Moreno, IPP-CSIC).

"This book provides appealing insights into the evolution of the Spanish productive and social protection systems under austerity, as well as an analysis of crucial aspects of the implementation of the EU 2020 Strategy. A must-read for professionals and students interested on European" (Ana Marta Guillén, Dep Sociology- Oviedo University)

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Alberto del Pozo Sen holds a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has been working since 1993 in the Confederal Technical Office of the General Union of Workers (UGT) of Spain. He was also an adviser of the Minister of Labour and Social Security (2007-2011) and Associate Professor of Economics at the University Carlos III of Madrid (1997-2007). He is a member of the Association Economistas frente a la Crisis (Economists Confronting the Crisis).

Ana Arriba González de Durana is Associated Professor at the University of Alcalá (Madrid). PhD in Sociology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Member of the Research Group Joaquín Costa-UAH on social policies and the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) in Spain. Her research activity focuses in the areas of transformations of welfare states and social policies with special focus on those related to poverty, social exclusion, immigration and unemployment.

Antonio Santos Ortega is Professor of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Valencia. His research focuses on Sociology of work, labour precariousness, unemployment and youth labour market. He has published in Sociología del Trabajo, Cuadernos de Relaciones Laborales and Sociologia del Lavoro. His most recent work is the book Work and Employment: a sociological approach, Shalaklibros, Valencia, 2015.

Armela Dino is a Science Policy Analyst at the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, where she supports policy design and implementation, monitoring and planning. She has been Head...

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