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Spain: starting from periphery, becoming centre

Ana Guillén

in The Europeanisation of social protection

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781847420206
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420206.003.0007
Spain: starting from periphery, becoming centre

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The EU means a lot to Spain. For Spain, it means belonging and identifying with an advanced and modern geographical area. Such a feeling is deeply grounded in historical reasons: Spain was and felt apart from other countries for centuries; hence, it has been an enthusiastic and respectful Member State. This chapter discusses Spain's position on the EU's initiatives. Developments of social policies in Spain are greatly influenced by the EU in public discourses, procedures, and outcomes. Spain thinks that European integration should be enhanced rather than slowed down. However, it is also critical of EU doctrine. Spain believes the EU should take a more assertive stance, although the EU has not able to influence certain policy areas in great depth in Spain.

Keywords: EU; Spain; Member State; EU's initiatives; social policies; European integration

Chapter.  7474 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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