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The nature and response to the 1930s agrarian crisis: Spain in a European perspective

James Simpson

IFCS - Working Papers in Economic History.WH from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola

Abstract: The impact of the Great Depression was less in Spain than in most other Western European countries, but government response to the problems was also more limited because of weak state capacity. As economic depression coincided with major changes in political opportunities and constrains created by the Second Republic, there were demands for radical changes in farm policy. Inappropriate policies (land reform) and contradictory goals (higher farm wages and lower food prices) weakened the popular support for the Republic, and quickly divided the Spanish countryside.

Keywords: Great; Depression; Land; Reform; State; Capacity; Spain; Second; Republic (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q15 N54 O13 R52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-10-01
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