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“Classical” Collection

The Collection Clásicos de la Hacienda Foral is the result of the collaboration between the Provincial Council of Biscay and the Department of Contemporary History of the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV) and focuses on the reprinting of the old works that illustrious authors devoted to the particular political and administrative regime of the Economic Agreement, making them available to researchers, scholars, civil servants, policy makers, communicators and, in general, anyone who, free of prejudices, with the critical and constructive spirit of intellectual curiosity, wants to deepen their knowledge of the Economic Agreement, public servants, policy makers, communicators and, in general, anyone who, free of prejudices, with the critical and constructive spirit of intellectual curiosity, wants to deepen their knowledge of these different and peculiar administrative and financial practices, which have their roots in history but still keep all the strength that recognises their relevance and recognition.

Reglamentación y tutela financiera de las haciendas locales vascas: entre la Constitución foral y el Concierto Económico (1853-1937)
The book compiles and critically analyses key documents and regulations to study the transition of Basque local finances between the foral period and the first stage of the Economic Agreement (1853-1937). The book focuses on the process of regulation and revision of the local financing regimes developed by the Provincial Councils of Alava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa in the 1910s

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Régimen Político y Administrativo de las Provincias Vasco Navarras - Jose Mª de Estecha y Martinez, 1918
As the subtitle states, the work is a “Collection of Laws, Decrees, Royal Orders and Resolutions of the Contentious-Administrative Court”, a very complete compilation of legal texts that contributed to the definition of the state of the economic-administrative question, at a time of construction of the new state building and in a subsidiary way of the fiscal self-administration regime of some Territories that, after the Law of July 21, 1876, were practically without legal coverage.

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Los Conciertos Económicos de las Provincias Vascongadas - Nicolás de Vicario y Peña, 1909
The work elaborates a meticulous compilation of the detailed regulations through which, starting from the Law of 1876, the legal regime of the Economic Agreement was configured, together with the systematized and reliable testimony of the opinions, attitudes and positions regarding the Agreement of many of the authors and personalities who had a decisive influence or who played a leading role in those first attempts to recover the financial autonomy and capacity of self-organization of the provincial political and administrative regime.

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El Concierto Económico. ¿Qué ha sido, qué es, qué debe ser? - Federico Zabala y Allende, 1927
This is an essentially informative and practical book, aimed at clarifying and fixing ideas on the Economic Agreement or, in the author’s words, “to spread its justice and convenience”, which is structured in parts that the author himself clarifies in its title: the economic agreement (previous definition), what it has been (evolution), what it is (last agreement of 1925-26) and what it should be (projection of the system towards the future).

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Fiat Lux - Nicolás de Vicario y Peña, 1923
It is a work presented to the competition for monographs organized by the Provincial Council of Biscay in 1921 to prepare the renewal of the Agreement scheduled for 1926, in which a comparative study of the Basque taxation and that of other Spanish provinces is made, structured in three parts: the first part shows what the taxation has been in the foral times; the second, what the agreed regime was at the time the work was written, and the third, what, according to the author, it should be in the future.

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Información sobre la Hacienda Provincial (1913) - Diputación Provincial de Vizcaya - Ayuntamiento de Bilbao
This volume is not a single work by a single author, but rather a compilation of three booklets with contributions from different sources but with a common theme, referring not to the basis of the agreed regime but to the different alternatives for the effective exercise of the fiscal sovereignty derived from it, in response to the consultation that the Provincial Council raised, at the initiative of Indalecio Prieto, on the reform of the tax system.

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El Concierto Económico con el Estado - Francisco Gascue, 1907
It is a work whose content deals with the fiscal effort of Gipuzkoa. From its contents, it is remarkable how, after more than a century, there are some debates of unquestionable validity, such as the one corresponding to the municipal budgets, or the very scope of the Economic Agreement and the Quota.

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Régimen administrativo antiguo y moderno de Vizcaya y Guipúzcoa - Pablo de Alzola, 1910
At a time when the debate on the direct contribution is taking place, the author goes to the original documentary sources in order to verify the historical foundations of the conflicting positions regarding the possibility of the Diputaciones Forales maintaining a tax system different from that of the State. This book also contains a biographical profile of the author as he is one of the leading figures in the analysis of the economic and administrative reality of the Economic Agreement at that time.

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Facultades de las Diputaciones Vascongadas como Organismos Administrativos, 1925
This work, as the one published with the number four of the series by Nicolás Vicario, comes from the same initiative, from a competition of monographs organized by the Provincial Council of Biscay in 1921 with the aim of having a basis for what was supposed to be a close negotiation of the renewal of the 1926 Agreement. Its content does not deal strictly speaking with the Agreement, but it systematizes the competences that the County Councils maintained in the administrative field.

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