Spain: Report on disparities

As economic wealth in the seventeen regions of Spain has increased over the last decade, so have the disparities, with most of the new wealth concentrated in the most dynamic areas (Madrid, the Northeast, and the Mediterranean). Recently this has been particularly evident in the world of employment and of new communication technologies. The Spain Report 2002 (El Informe España 2002, Madrid, pp. 620, Euro 25) analyses Spain?s decentralisation from the double perspective of the new demands of government and the growing regional disparities. Last year?s Report addressed social exclusion by analysing various social groups (immigrants, dependent seniors, inhabitants of depressed neighbourhoods, people with handicaps), while this year?s Report studies the differences between the quality of life of these people and that of the Spanish population as a whole.