Serviço Social & Sociedade
Print version ISSN 0101-6628
PUERTA, Belén Morata García de la. Questions to be investigated: what has happened with the social services in Spain?. Serv. Soc. Soc. [online]. 2011, n.108, pp. 605-622. ISSN 0101-6628. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-66282011000400002.
The purpose of this article is to explain what has been happening in the current public social service system in Spain. The Spanish Mediterranean welfare context in which social services are inserted, was developed later than in other countries in the immediate environment. Before reaching sufficient maturity and development we can identify several legal and political obstacles and deficiencies that cast doubts on the effectiveness of the universal principles of social services and their actual position in the welfare system
Keywords : Social services; Spain; Social rights; Social welfare; Principle of universality; Poverty and exclusion.