The Franquist Regime and the Dilemma of Succession
Review Of Politics
Politics and Government
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.
Share, Donald. "The Franquist Regime and the Dilemma of Succession." The Review of Politics. 48.4 (1986). Print.