SOCIAL SERVICES IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CRISIS: THE CASE OF SPAIN Cover Image

SOCIAL SERVICES IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CRISIS: THE CASE OF SPAIN
SOCIAL SERVICES IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CRISIS: THE CASE OF SPAIN

Author(s): Miguel-A. MATEO-PEREZ, Maria-Asuncion MARTINEZ-ROMAN, Yolanda DOMENECH-LOPEZ
Subject(s): Civil Society, Public Administration, Economic policy, Welfare systems, Politics and society, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Sociology of Politics, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Expert Projects Publishing
Keywords: social policies; Spain; social services; economic crisis;

Summary/Abstract: The financial and economic crisis which originated in 2008 has had a severe impact on the population of the Southern European countries. The economic policies of austerity and public deficit control, as well as the neo-liberal and conservative social policies are redefining the public social protection systems, in particular the Social Services. In order to get to understand the current situation, we shall explain how the Social Services were developed in Spain and analyse the causes and consequences of the economic crisis. The working hypothesis is that the greater the increase on the population’s needs, the more developed the Social Services should be. We carried out a descriptive analysis of the situation as far as the social impacts of the crisis per region are concerned. We tested the hypothesis through a parametric model of analysis of variance (one-way ANOVA) triangulating with the non-parametric Kruscal-Wallis test. The working hypothesis failed. The regions with better developed Social Services show a lower level of poverty and social exclusion. The challenges that the public Social Services system faces in times of crisis is three-fold: 1) re-modelling of local administration and transferring of the municipal Social Services responsibilities to the regional administration; 2) an increase of the population at risk of poverty and social exclusion 3) impact on social policies.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 50
  • Page Range: 96-110
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English