Migration and Healthcare Reforms in Spain: Symbolic Politics, Converging Outputs, Oppositions from the Field

María Bruquetas-Callejo, Roberta Perna
2020 South European Society & Politics  
Migrants' healthcare entitlement represents a conflictive issue in the political battlefield, with research pointing towards the determinant role of party politics in determining policy outputs. Addressing the 2012 healthcare reform and 2018 counter-reform adopted in Spain by a right-wing and left-wing government respectively and drawing on qualitative analysis of parties' discourses and policy measures, we argue that ideological differences along the healthcaremigration nexus were
more » ... s were overemphasised to play symbolic politics. Partisan competition had less impact on actual outputs, while clashes between the central and regional governments, path-dependent practices and opposition from multiple venues played a central role in the policymaking process.
doi:10.1080/13608746.2020.1769342 fatcat:ioul667dk5bwli3bae5f67sgfe