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Regulating Spanish Banking, 1939–1975

1st Edition

By Maria Angeles Pons Brias


264 pages

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Banking regulation has been the subject of intense debate in recent years. This book contributes to that debate in its study of the impact of financial regulation on Spanish banking performance, especially profitability, from the end of the Spanish Civil War to the end of the Franco regime. Maria Pons discusses the Francoist authorities' policy of forced industrialization based on heavy industry, and the huge interventionist apparatus that it set up to involve banks in its industrialistic programme. This included several items of banking legislation related to the fixing of interest rates, the expansion of the sector, mergers and so forth. Pons explains the emergence of this regulatory framework and its development to the mid-1970s, as well as examining in detail the response of the Spanish banks to these regulations, and their attempts to take advantage of the opportunities they offered to reduce competition and uncertainty. The book also analyzes the 1962 reforms and subsequent legizlation and the lack of success they had in reducing public intervention in the banking sector.


'This work is definitively a qualitative leap in Spanish banking literature, since it provides a theoretical bench-mark that affords a revision of some of the little-known topics regarding the banking regulations of Franco's regime, particularly their reasons and their effects. Not only because of its theoretical proposal, but also due to its use of indicators that demonstrate that the regulation was neither uniform, nor had any similar effects on the banking industry, this book is a valuable reference for understanding the economic policy of the regime as well as the evolution of the Spanish banking industry.' Business History

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The development of the Spanish economy, 1939-1975: Introduction: Spain at the end of the Civil War; The main options of the Franco economic programme; The transformations of the 1950s: the Stabilisation Plan; Conclusions; The Spanish financial system, 1939-1975: The Spanish financial structure: size and diversification; The Spanish banking system; Savings banks; Conclusions; Main regulatory framework and regulatory bodies 1939-1975: Banking regulation in Spain, 1939-1962; The Banking Law of 1962 and subsequent reforms; Main regulatory bodies; Traditional views about the role of the Spanish banking sector during the Franco regime; Conclusions; The reasons for regulating the banking sector in Spain, 1939-1975: The causes of banking regulation: some theoretical considerations; The objectives of financial regulation in Spain, 1940-1975; Conclusions; Banking regulation theory: A model of banking behaviour without regulation; The effects of regulatory constraints on banking behaviour; Conclusions; Spanish banking profitability and regulation under Franco: Interest rate controls and Spanish banking behaviour; The main determinants of Spanish banking profitability and the influence of regulation; Banking regulation and risk; Conclusions; Conclusions; Sources and bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Maria Angeles Pons Brias is lecturer in Economic History in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Valencis. She is the author of several articles on the Spanish banking system, including ’Capture or agreement? Why Spanish banking was regulated under the Franco regime (1939-1975)’, Financial History Review 6 (1999); and in P. Martín Aceña and M. Titos Martínez (eds), El sistema financiero en España. Una síntesis histórica. Her current research interests lie in the fields of the analysis of collusion and restrictive practices in the Spanish banking system under the Franco regime and the ’universal’ character of the Spanish banking sector.

About the Series

Studies in Banking and Financial History

Studies in Banking and Financial History
Studies in Banking and Financial History is published in association with the European Association of Banking and Financial History, and publishes single-authored and edited volumes, of the highest quality, on the history of banking and other financial institutions. The series explores all periods of history, in all areas of the world.

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