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Title: Cooperation, technical education and politics in early agricultural policy in Catalonia (1914-24)
Author: Planas i Maresma, Jordi, 1963-
Keywords: Política agrícola
Cooperatives agrícoles
Història econòmica
Agricultural policy
Agricultural cooperatives
Economic history
Issue Date: Oct-2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Abstract: After the crisis of the late nineteenth century, the role of the state in European agriculture expanded to many new areas: education and technical innovation; commercial policies and market regulations; farm support policies, and sometimes interventions in property rights. The development of these policies was a difficult and costly process, without the intervention of intermediary organisations like agricultural cooperatives and farmers' associations. This article analyses the early agricultural policy in Catalonia (Spain) and the role of cooperatives in its implementation. It argues that this regional case was quite exceptional in the early twentieth-century Spanish context, where state intervention in agriculture was extremely limited. In 1914, an autonomous government was set up in Catalonia, and a modern agricultural policy was introduced in which technical education and cooperatives played a crucial role, as well as politics. The agricultural policy promoted and developed by the Catalan government was part of a state-building project based on a regionalist ideology.
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It is part of: Rural History-Economy Society Culture, 2020, vol. 31, num. 2, p. 211-222
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ISSN: 0956-7933
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Història Econòmica, Institucions, Política i Economia Mundial)

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