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The European rescue of the Franco regime, 1950-1975, Fernando Guirao - hardback

The European Rescue of the Franco Regime, 1950-1975 explores how the governments of the founding members of the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community, acting collectively via the European Communities, assisted in the consolidation of the Franco regime. It explains how the Six (the Nine after 1972) implemented a set of policy measures that facilitated the subsistence of the Franco regime, proving that trade with the Six improved Spain's overall economic performance, which in turn secured Franco's rule. The Six provided the Spanish economy with a stable supply of essential raw materials and capital goods and with outlet markets for the country's main export commodities. Through these mechanisms the European Communities assisted Spanish economic development and supported the stabilization of the non-democratic political regime ruling Spain. The Franco regime was never threatened by European integration and the Six/Nine managed to isolate meaningful Community negotiations with Spain from mounting political disturbance. The European Rescue of the Franco Regime, 1950-1975 shows that without unremitting material assistance from Western Europe, it would have been considerably more challenging for the Franco regime to attain the stability that enabled the dictator to maintain his rule until he died peacefully at 82 years old. --, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction -- The European-rescue concept -- The argument -- Comparable research -- Three closing remarks -- Part I: Sectoral integration in Western Europe, 1950-1955 -- Schumania and Spain's heavy-industry supply -- The Spanish reception of the Schuman Proposals -- The Spanish steel industry and its supply requirements -- Did the ECSC represent a threat? -- The limits to supranational authority -- Concluding remarks -- Franco Spain at the origins of the European agricultural community -- The Green Pool: A discriminatory threat -- Transport co-operation as a bargaining tool -- A last-minute sprint -- Defining the national interest -- The strategic question of increasing wheat imports -- The institutional paradox -- Concluding remarks -- Part II: The EEC: Challenge and response, 1955-1970 -- Opposing fascism or accommodating its last remnant? -- The rationale for a Spanish wait-and-see policy -- First the EFTA -- The last resort: A solitary approach to the EEC -- Public declarations versus effective governance -- The six's lowest common denominator concluding remarks -- The decision to grant the preference (1964-1967) -- Introductory remarks -- The exact profile of the Spanish question -- Not quite association -- The commission's acuerdo a la española of November 1966 -- Lack of commercial discrimination: The case of oranges -- Ready to negotiate with Spain, but about what? -- Determining the content of the preference -- Issuing the negotiating mandate -- Where did the accusations of fascism go? -- Negotiating the preference (1967-1970) -- Negotiations under a proper mandate: First round, 1967 -- Negotiations under a proper mandate: Second round, 1968 -- 1969: Onward against all odds -- An amazing end to bilateral negotiations, 1969-1970 -- The arresting story of article 1 -- Concluding remarks -- Marketing the 1970 agreement -- The basic features of the 1970 agreement -- The need for a marketing campaign -- Selling the preferential treatment -- The debate of the Cortes -- Concluding remarks -- Part III: Franco Spain in the European system of trade preference, 1970-1975 -- The Spanish attempt to expand unilateral preferences -- The generalized system of preferences -- The opportunity of the EEC's first enlargement -- The European commission's proposals for a new agreement -- Tariff standstill after January 1973 -- Association with the EFTA and trade with the Soviets -- Concluding remarks -- The European attempt to topple Spain's industrial protection -- The European system of trade preferences -- The community's first attempt to access the Spanish market -- The Spanish sistema de esclusas -- A comparative perspective from Western Europe's periphery -- The prolonged impasse after 1974 -- From privilege to a primus inter pariahs status -- Finale: The rise and fall of a national strategy
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
xviii, 463 pages, illustrations, charts, 24 cm

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