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Cuts and social polarisation

[27/05/11]

Dr Vicenç Navarro, professor of Public Policy at the UPF and director of the Master's in Public and Social Policy, in an article published on 19 May in the Público newspaper, analyses the Spanish Welfare State.

He stated that after 33 years of dictatorship, Spain is still at the bottom of the pile of the European Union of 15, and the following indicators are witness of this:

  • Spanish social public spending. This is the lowest of the EU-15: 27.9% of the GDP compared to the 33.8% EU average in 2009.
  • Social public spending per inhabitant. 7180 euros in Spain and 9189 in the EU-15.
  • Percentage of workers in the public sector: 1 in 4 Spaniards work in the public sector, whereas in the EU-15, the number of workers in such sector comes to 10.

According to Dr Navarro, the school system is a reflection of the social system, since it also divides people into first- and second-class citizens. He stated that “Cuts in public spending in education will accentuate such education polarisation by social class even further, hindering social mobility, one of the lowest in the EU-15”.

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