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Synthetic fuels in Spain, 1942–66: the failure of Franco's autarkic dream



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San Román López, Elena and Sudrià, Carles (2003) Synthetic fuels in Spain, 1942–66: the failure of Franco's autarkic dream. Business History, 45 (4). pp. 73-88. ISSN 0007-6791


Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076790312331270229


This article studies the production of synthetic fuels in Spain under the dictatorship of General Franco. The Spanish synthetic fuels experiment was carried out by a stateowned firm which was endowed with huge financial and commercial privileges. The technological support for the project was to come from the German firm I.G. Farben. After the Nazi defeat, it suffered cutbacks and delays. The factory only reached normal levels of production in 1957, when the restrictions which had justified the project had desappeared. This study contends that the coincidence of state ownership and the absence of democratic controls may encourage economic adventurism and have serious consequences for a country's economic development.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics
Social sciences > Economics > Economic history
ID Code:59388
Deposited On:05 Mar 2020 09:12
Last Modified:05 Mar 2020 09:12

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