Contemporary Spain

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Studying Spanish? Spending a year-out in Spain? Or maybe going to work there? Then you'll need this handbook of contemporary Spain and the Spanish language. Revised and expanded, and packed with essential information on politics, economy and institutions, it covers the basics that are taken for granted by most Spaniards. This new edition includes recent events such as the 2004 Madrid bombings and the subsequent election of a socialist government, ETA's 2006 ceasefire and its later revocation, and the country's recent economic success. Each chapter also contains a Spanish/English glossary giving guidance on the use of specialist terms in context. This handbook is invaluable for all those with a wish to learn more about Spain, its language and its people.
 

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Contents

Introduction Contemporary Spain in context
1
Chapter 1 The Spanish state
18
Chapter 2 Political parties
48
Chapter 3 Regionalization and regionalism
80
Chapter 4 The European tier of government
116
Chapter 5 The Spanish economy
139
Chapter 6 Social challenges
176
Chapter 7 Social welfare health and education
192
Chapter 8 The environment
219
Chapter 9 Justice defence and public order
236
Chapter 10 The media
264
Chapter 11 The regions
281
Further reading
308
Index
314
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About the author (2013)

Christopher J Ross is Lecturer, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
Bill Richardson is Professor of Spanish Language and Linguistics, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Begoña Sangrador-Vegas is Spanish Tutor at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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