Martínez de Hoz: ¿neoliberal o desarrollista? The Argentine ruling class against the economic program implemented during the last Argentine dictatorship, 1976-1981


  • Gonzalo Sebastián Sanz Cerbino CEUR-CONICET
  • Héctor Eduardo Sartelli UBA-CEICS


Economic policy, liberalism, agricultural bourgeoisie, industrial bourgeoisie


40 years after his passage through the Ministry of Economy, during the last military dictatorship in Argentina, the management of Martinez de Hoz continues to arouse controversy. Did he lead a program of neoliberal reforms or beyond his preaching, kept the protectionist barriers of a closed economy for the benefit of an industrial bourgeoisie oriented to the internal market? In this article we propose to return to a transited topic of economic historiography with an original hypothesis: Martínez de Hoz carried out a plan coherent with the interests of the big industrial Argentinian bourgeoisie, which could not be liberal (like the bourgeoisie agricultural), but neither “populist” (like the smaller industrialists). To corroborate our hypothesis we will analyze the economic proposals of these factions of the bourgeoisie and its relation with the policy implemented by Martínez de Hoz.

Author Biographies

Gonzalo Sebastián Sanz Cerbino, CEUR-CONICET

Doctor en Historia y docente en la Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Investigador Asistente del CONICET (Argentina), con cuyo financiamiento se pudo realizar esta investigación.

Héctor Eduardo Sartelli, UBA-CEICS

Doctor en Historia, titular de la Cátedra Historia Argentina III (B), Facultad de Filosofía y Letras  de la Universidad de Buenos Aires y Director del Centro de Estudios e Investigación en Ciencias Sociales (CEICS), Argentina.





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