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Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime$
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Lino Camprubí

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027175

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027175.001.0001

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Scientific Standards as Tools for Political Transformation: Prestressed Concrete, European Integration, and the Regulatory State

Scientific Standards as Tools for Political Transformation: Prestressed Concrete, European Integration, and the Regulatory State

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(p.137) 6 Scientific Standards as Tools for Political Transformation: Prestressed Concrete, European Integration, and the Regulatory State
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Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime
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Lino Camprubí

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027175.003.0006

Testing was a major tool for the Technical Institute for Construction and Cement in its active relationship with private industry, but one that threatened to turn it into the private industry's vestigial limb. Eduardo Torroja sought to reverse the situation by systematizing tests so that it shaped private production within the interests of the ITCC's industrialization project. This chapter explores this system – the Blue Point - as it was developed for prestressed concrete joists, as well as its rejection by private industrialists and the government. In the process of promoting international standards for concrete production, Eduardo Torroja and some collaborators became relevant figures in the technological integration of Europe. The chapter interprets the process of regulation as the transition not from an interventionist state to a liberalized one but as the transformation of intervention itself. The corporate state became a regulatory state.

Keywords:   Private industry, Reinforced concrete, Prestressed concrete, Eduardo Torroja, Regulatory state, Standardization, European integration

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