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- X-RAY OF THE NEW SPANISH CABINET
|From left to right and top to bottom:
Sáenz de Santamaría, de Guindos, García-Margallo, Gallardón, Morenés, Montoro, Fernández Díaz, Pastor, Wert, Ibáñez, Soria, Cañete i Mato.
The plight of so many Western economies—particularly Spain's—is no secret. For this reason, political action is more crucial than ever. Although civil society (citizens, companies, etc.) is and always will be the most important social agent, the duty of making drastic employment, fiscal and other changes falls squarely on the shoulders of government.
In this context, defined by the pressing importance of political action, it’s well worth taking a look at the profiles of the 13 members of the new Spanish government formed in December.
Between 40 and 49: 2
Between 50 and 59: 5
Between 60 and 67: 6
No children 1
With 1 child: 2
With 2 children: 5
With 3 children: 3
With 4 children: 2
In public sector positions
With experience: 10
No experience: 3
In the following spheres:
Political Science: 1
With Ph.D.: 2
With Master’s: 1
With more than one degree: 4
The sex, age and number of children of the new ministers come as no surprise: a preponderance of men is still common, aged well over 50, and with a number of children above the national average.
There is not much to highlight regarding the make-up of the cabinet itself, which initially seems appropriate.
Without a doubt the most remarkable point is the public sector experience of the new cabinet members; very different from their counterparts in other countries, who have more private sector experience. The public sector worldwide has very clear differences compared to the private sector, which is the true backbone of any economy. The public sector is marked by different working arrangements, more limited career and salary ceilings and a radically different incentive logic. These features frequently mean that the public sector is far removed from everything that really makes the world go round, distinguished by a conservative outlook and a resistance to change.
It is to be hoped that the strong civil service profile of the new cabinet will not be an obstacle to the bold decisions they will need to make in the immediate future.