Executive, single party and ministers in Franco's regime during the war years, 1936–45

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Abstract

After noting some of the unique features of Franco's dictatorship this article analyses the institutional configuration of Franco's first government. It then addresses the relationship between General Franco and the official party, Falange Española y de las JONS from its creation in April 1937, and the relationship between it and the government after the creation of the first cabinet in February 1938; the internal composition, the dynamics of the council of ministers and its political priorities during the war years; and the recruitment criteria, socio-biographical profile and political careers of those who became ministers.

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