Contemporary Portugal: Dimensions of economic and political change

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Publication Date 2002
ISBN 0-7546-1265-1 | 978-0754612650
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This title was first published in 2002. Portugal experienced rapid and dramatic change over the final decades of the twentieth century. After the turbulence that followed the 1974 revolution, the 1980s and 1990s provided a period of unprecedented political stability and economic modernization during which Portugal converged rapidly with the wealthier member states of the European Union. This important new volume offers a timely focus on this recent period.

Written for a wide audience by a multidisciplinary team of experts, the book provides an accessible overview and analysis of the key dimensions of recent economic and political change in Portugal and identifies the tensions and policy challenges that rapid change has produced. In so doing the book reveals something of the complexity of contemporary Portugal: an outward looking modern, democratic and European state, but one where the legacy of its recent traditional, colonial and often inward looking past continues to influence and shape its development in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents:

  • Portugal transformed | Stephen Syrett
  • Portugal’s changing integration into the European and global economy | David Corkill
  • Economic change and regional development in Portugal| Stephen Syrett
  • Tourism in Portugal: from polarization to new forms of economic integration? | Allan M. Williams
  • International population mobility, immigration and labour market change in Portugal | Martin Eaton
  • The liberalization of media and communications in Portugal | Helena Sousa
  • Environmental issues in Portugal: towards a sustainable future? | Carlos Pereira da Silva
  • National political change in Portugal, 1976-99 | Richard A. H. Robinson
  • Local and regional government: continuity and innovation in local governance | Carlos Nunes Silva
  • Challenge and change: prospects for the 21st century | David Corkill
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