Portugal in the Twenty-First Century: Politics, Society, and Economics, edited by Sebastian Royo, reflects on the legacies of authoritarianism on the democratization process and addresses issues related to Portugal's integration into the European Union, with the perspective offered by its twenty-three years of membership. Portugal in the Twenty-First Century reflects on what has happened in the country and in Europe during the last three decades.
The analysis is divided into two sections: political and sociological perspectives, and economic and social perspectives.
The contributors identify basic changes in the economy and society of Portugal that occurred as a result of the democratization and European integration processes.
They also assess the impact that these changes have had on the quality of Portuguese democracy, and on the country's economic development.
Royo's collection reflects on how far Portugal has come since the Carnation Revolution in 1974 in order to better understand where it is headed now, at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
Portugal in the Twenty-First Century: Politics, Society, and Economics, edited by Sebastian Royo, provides an original series of analyses of the development of Portuguese politics, sociology, and economics since the transition to democracy and the accession to the European Union.
Drawing on the research by established scholars, Royo offers an up-to-date assessment of Portuguese political and economic issues.
It is essential reading for those interested in understanding contemporary Portugal.