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Colonial Bureaucrats and the Mexican Economy

Growth of a Patrimonial State, 1763-1821


John S. Ph. D. Leiby

By the late eighteenth century, the Mexican economy was highly centralized. Bourbon economic reforms succeeded in augmenting the powers of the crown and its vast colonial officialdom. The Mexican economy became largely patrimonial. Colonial officials, with miners and merchants, controlled the evolution of the economy. The bureaucratic state dictated policy and gave Mexico a centralized economy which persists to the present day.
Contents: This work describes how colonial bureaucrats and policy affected the growth and development of the Mexican economy during the late colonial period.