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The Power of Entrepreneurs
Politics and Economy in Contemporary Spain
Mercedes Cabrera and Fernando del Rey
Translated from the Spanish by Robert Lavigna
220 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-84545-185-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2007)
“Truly an extraordinary contribution to the history of Spain.” • Juan J. Linz, Sterling Professor of Political and Social Sciences, Yale University
Although Spain is an important member of the EU, relatively little is known about its economy and its interrelationship with political forces. This book, the first of its kind, offers a long-term view and analyzes this ever-changing relationship throughout the 20th century with its various upheavals such as the crisis of the democratic republic and the civil war in the 1930s, the long General Franco dictatorship from the 1940s until the 1970s and the subsequent transition to democracy. From the detailed studies of individual cases, specific companies as well as entrepreneurial organizations, a very diverse picture emerges, contradicting widespread simplistic interpretations of politico-economic linkages, which demonstrates both the pluralism of the economic interests as well as the complexity of their relationship to the political class.
Mercedes Cabrera is Professor of History at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Her publications include a book on the organizations of Spanish entrepreneurs in the 1930s, La patronal ante la Segunda República 1931-1936 (1983), a biography of the Spanish entrepreneur Nicolás María de Urgoiti (1869-1951), La industria, la prensa y la política (1994), and the most recent, as coauthor, on the relationship between politics and economy in contemporary Spain (1875-2000): El poder de los empresarios (2002).
Fernando del Rey is Professor of History at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. He has published a book on the organizations of Spanish entrepreneurs between 1914 and 1923, Propietarios y patronos (1992), and various articles on related subjects. He is coauthor of the book El poder de los empresarios. Política y economía en la España contemporánea (1875-2000), (2002).
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present Sociology
Area: Southern Europe
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