Socio-Economics in Spain
Socio-Economics in Spain:
An Intellectual Project in a Changing World
Luis Enrique Alonso,
Member of XXIII SASE Annual Meeting Local Committee
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
SASE's 23rd Annual Conference here in Madrid is an excellent occasion to present a brief and hopefully fruitful reflection focusing on the emerging challenges in the field of socio-economics in both the Spanish academic and political context. My aim is to provide a possible outline for future development in this subject, rather than to illustrate its historical trajectory. Unfortunately, I will not be able to explore the qualitative and quantitative account of the Spanish scholarly production due to spatial constraint.
When looking at academic circles, socio-economics in Spain has historically been divided into several "areas of knowledge". This is the result of a very strict division of information that was formally designed by the powerful bureaucratic-biased organisation of tertiary education, the university. Over the past thirty years we have seen a diverse group of researchers and scholars, working within the fields of sociology, applied economics, political science and anthropology, make an effort to construct a common space for discussion and debate. This has led to a convergence of various perspectives that in turn have been essential in expanding our understanding of the characteristics found within the development of Spanish socio-economics. In addition we have also seen specific approaches that have sought to explain the general dynamics related to the organization (or disorganization) and regulation (or deregulation) of capitalism.
Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that most of the more distinctive Spanish contributions to this field have focused mainly on a deep analysis of the Spanish development model, using the key categories of socio-economics. Their research and evaluation of the ongoing changes in the Spanish system have also featured a theoretical background based on both classic works and recent novelties in the international academic debate.
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