VIII Seminar. The Franco Reform

From 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2024

Classroom 6 (U1.15), Building U, Can Jaumandreu, Perú 52 St., 08035 Barcelona – UOC

In one of his most famous verses, Jacint Verdaguer warned us that “and where you see the desert / swarms of worlds tingle” [“i a on tu veus lo desert / eixams de mons formiguegen”]. These movements, evolutions and internal tensions also took place under the surface of the immovable Franco anthill. Without forgetting its origins –the legitimacy resulting from victory in the civil war—, the dictatorship attempted a slow transformation that would ensure its continuity and, even, survival beyond the so-called “hecho biológico” (the dictator’s death). With this dual objective, a legal-institutional reform and an administrative-economic reform were promoted from within the regime, which will be the protagonists of the double session of our seminar.

From the Social State of Law to the Parliamentary Monarchy: legitimacy of the dictatorship & transition to democracy in Franco’s reformism by Sebas Martín (University of Sevilla)

Administrative efficiency growth: the reinvention of Fracoism as a “developmentalist dictatorship” by Anna Catharina Hofmann (Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg)