1st Edition

Political Economy of the Spanish Miracle State, Labor and Capital, 1931–1973

By Diego Ayala Copyright 2024
    260 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the 1950s and 1960s, Spain underwent one of the most rapid processes of economic development the world had ever seen. Most existing analyses of this process explain the “Spanish Miracle” as a product of the unleashing of market forces and of changes in economic policy made by the Franco regime in the 1950s. Political Economy of the Spanish Miracle provides an alternative explanation of Spanish economic development, analyzing the Miracle from an interdisciplinary political economy perspective that treats capitalist growth as a complex and dynamic interaction between capitalists, workers and the state. The Spanish Miracle is linked to changes in Spanish society produced by the Spanish Civil War, to the class structure of the regime brought to power by that Civil War and to the interaction between domestic social struggles under the Franco regime and Spain’s insertion into the international political economy of the Cold War capitalist world. Ambitious in scope, Political Economy of the Spanish Miracle both revises conventional understandings of Spanish economic growth and situates Spain within comparative discussions of development in the twentieth century. This book will be of great interest to readers in political economy, economic sociology, historical sociology and Spanish and European history more broadly.

    I. Perspectives on the Spanish Miracle   II. Economy and Society in Restoration Spain, 1874–1936   III.  Peasant War and the Social Origins of the Franco Regime, 1931–1939   IV.  Reconfiguration of State and Capital, 1936–1945   V.  The Political Economy of “Autarky,” 1939–1951   VI. Primitive Accumulation, 1939–1951   VII. Acceleration, 1951–1957   VIII. Takeoff, 1957–1973


    Diego C. Ayala, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, USA.