Title

The Franquist Regime and the Dilemma of Succession

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1986

Publication Title

Review Of Politics

Department

Politics and Government

Abstract

This article explores the Spanish franquist regime's attempts to resolve a succession crisis, as the death of Francisco Franco appeared imminent in the late 1960's. It argues that Franco established the mechanisms for a smooth succession to the posts of head of state and head of government. However, these mechanisms failed to achieve Franco's major goal: the continuation of authoritarian rule after his death. Ironically, Franco's apparently ingenious “solution” to the dilemmas of succession facilitated a democratic transition that would have horrified the dictator.

Volume

48

Issue

4

pp.

549-575

ISSN

0034-6705