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The Power of Entrepreneurs: Politics and Economy in Contemporary Spain

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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)

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“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: 20th Century to Present Sociology
Area: Southern Europe



Chapter 1. Capitalist Consolidation and the Crisis of Liberalism, 1914-1923

  • Catalans and Basques Defy Madrid
  • The Formation of a Capitalist Society
  • The Incompetence of an Interventionist State
  • Conflict and Separation from the Regime
  • The Coup d’État

2. The Era of State Intervention and Confrontation, 1923–1936

  • The Regulated Economy On Monopolies, Larcenies and Responsibilities
  • The ‘Sudden Socialisation’ of the Spanish Economy

Chapter 3. Paths of Servitude, 1936–1950

  • Revolt and Conspiracy
  • War and Revolution
  • A New State
  • Autarky and Industrial State

Chapter 4. Business in the ‘State of Public Works’, 1951–1977

  • The Accelerated Change of Spanish Companies
  • The Return of Class Struggle
  • Entrepreneurs on the Fringe of Power
  • Nepotism, Corruption and Planned Economy
  • The Collapse of the Regime and Anti-capitalist Culture

Chapter 5. The Powers of Democracy, 1977–2000

  • A Central Employers’ Organisation
  • Industrial Crisis and Reconversion
  • The Banking Transition
  • Scandals and the Media
  • The Powers of the New Economy


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